Handsome Meadow Katydid

I traveled north to visit Goethe State Forest in search of two particular flowering plants. The first plant was the Clasping Milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis) and the second Spotted Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

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Handsome Meadow Katydid | Alice Mary Herden

I am happy that I did find an abundance of the Spotted Horsemint and extremely happy that I was able to video this katydid.

The difference between the handsome meadow katydid among the other meadow katydids is this one has these amazing blue eyes.

The males do the “singing” which is called stridulation and is achieved by rubbing their wings together. As you can see in the video below how the top of its body is vibrating. I am not 100% positive this katydid is singing since there was no ‘singing’ heard, it very well could be something different. 

Singing is called stridulation. (Stridulation the sound produced by rubbing together part of the hind legs and the forewing of grasshoppers and locusts. The sound produced results in the bringing together of males and females for mating. (https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/stridulation)

How to tell the difference between a male and female katydid, the female handsome meadow katydid has a large ovipositor, located at the rear of her body. (a specialized organ by which many female insects deposit their eggs)

Did you happen to see how long his antennas are? Theoretically, meadow katydid’s long antennae are to help during their nightly travels. These long antennas may have touch receptors that can allow them to feel, as well as smell, the environment around them.

Stay safe!










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