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Common Name: True Katydid

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Pterophylla
Species: Pterophylla camellifolia

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

True katydids are 2" long and green in color. They have long antnnae, oval wings, and a triangular body. Males have a brown base at the forewings.

Habitat & Range

True katydids live in forests on trees throughout the Eastern and Midwestern US.


Starting in July, they will make a noise of 2 or 3 raspy harsh pulses, often in chorus fro trees at night.

Life Cycle

The eggs of this species overwinter in the bark of twigs, and will emerge in the spring.

Featured image by James Dake


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