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Katydid (n.)

I grew up in New York and although I have never seen one in person, the katydid song is a sound that will always remind me of summer. As you can see by the image, they look like leaves, so they are impossible to find.  Surprisingly, genetics sometimes results in a mutation causing hot-pink katydids. I wonder how the other katydid’s feel about their “punk” cousins?

I don’t think I have ever heard katydids in Colorado… there is no sound like it. If you listen to the sound of the link I have chosen, it is a sound of hundreds of katydids. This is what summer in New York sounds like, especially near trees and water. If you’re interested, there is another video connected to that one called “Northern True Katydid Audio” that records a single insect making its call.

Katydid (n.) A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustidae, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.

My K Read: Killing Floor by Lee Child  (Looking for a great thriller series? Check out the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, Killing Floor is the first of 15 books.  I am rereading them in 2011 and am actually on the last one, started it today.*sniff*  I hope more come soon.  :)

My K Listen: Marcus Foster – Kiss is a Knife  (My friend invited me to see Marcus Foster play live at this tiny hole-in-the-wall place called the Hi-Dive Bar in Denver a couple of years. He was adorable and charming and talked about how he took the Greyhound from L.A. to his gig in Denver because as a Brit, his friends said that it was something everyone should do at least once. I think he is cured.)

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  1. Hi Susan,
    Cicadas have a long whizzing sort of ramping up sound, the katydid is short and repetitive. And yes, I remember all the empty husks of the cicadas stuck to the trees, nasty looking bugs with creepy eyeballs!!

  2. PINK katydids!?? Whoa. Their sound is so hushy and smooth, interesting. Different from a cricket, softer. We had a cat my daughter (who was 4 then) called Katydid. :)

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