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Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Fork-tailed Bush Katydid



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The Fork-tailed Bush Katydid is common throughout the continent, with calls worth listening for.



Updated: 09/15/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Katy-did, Katy-didn't" and that became how they were recognized. The Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid male has a split 'tail' at the end of its abdomen and this physical feature became part of its name.

This particular species may be a pest on orange groves. They tend to nibble on the orange's rind, which ruins the fruit, rendering it useless for market. They also feed on tree leaves of all kinds and can be found in forests, on shrubs, and in gardens or parks.

Male Fork-tailed Bush Katydids call 24-hours a day. Their song consists of 2-3 chirps, followed by various periods of silence while they wait for a female to respond. Females lay their flat, white eggs in layered rows on leaves, which may look like small seeds. Larvae emerge in the spring and are multicolored and horned until they mature.

It is believed that some Bush Katydids may appear blue at the end of the season due to reduced amounts of chlorophyll in foliage in autumn. Less ingestion of the green plant pigment might reveal other colors that are typically hidden, but present, in the katydid?s body.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Tettigoniidae
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          Genus: Scudderia
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            Species: furcata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Scudderia furcata
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 36mm to 50mm (1.41" to 1.96")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; yellow; blue
Descriptors: long, flying, jumping, hopping
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 36mm and 50mm
Lo: 36mm
Md: 43mm
Hi: 50mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Fork-tailed Bush Katydid may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Fork-tailed Bush Katydid. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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