Species Pterophylla camellifolia - Common True Katydid
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Tettigoniidea (Katydids, Camel Crickets, and relatives)
Family Tettigoniidae (Katydids)
Subfamily Pseudophyllinae (True Katydids)
Species camellifolia (Common True Katydid)
Other Common Names
Northern Katydid, Rough-winged Katydid, True Katydid
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Locusta camellifolia Fabricius 1775
Syn: Pterophylla furcata Caudell, 1906 – considered a jr. syn. per SINA
Explanation of Names
Species name from Greek camelo
camel, plus Latin folius
(?) a leaf (1)
, referring to the shape of the wings, presumably--held over the back to form a camel-like hump(?).
Forewings form cup over abdomen, many conspicuous veins. Pronotum has two shallow grooves. Both sexes stridulate "katy-did, katy-didn't" at dusk into night. Song varies geographically.
e US (mostly: TX-FL-MA-IA) - Map
Deciduous forests--often heard, but seldom seen, since mostly lives in forest canopy.
Midsummer to frost. July-October (Michigan), July-September, or November (North Carolina)
Foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs as well. In captivity, they will eat oak, bramble, and leatherleaf viburnum.
Eggs are inserted into loose bark or young stems of trees and hatch in spring. One brood per year. Both sexes stridulate, males more loudly. Song varies geographically. Flightless, but may glide to lower branches of trees (2)
. Sometimes seen perched on shrubs. Does not come to lights frequently (pers. obs., P. Coin).
One of the few North American insects, perhaps, memorialized in verse. Below is an excerpt from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
's poem, To an Insect
(1831), full text available from Project Gutenberg
I LOVE to hear thine earnest voice,
Wherever thou art hid,
Thou testy little dogmatist,
Thou pretty Katydid
- Angle-wing Katydids
- Round-headed Katydids
Borror, entries for camelo
, folius (1)
Elliott and Hershberger, pp. 134-137 (4)
Helfer, p. 264, fig. 405 (5)
|1.||Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms|
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
|2.||Orthoptera of Michigan|
Roger Bland. 2003. Michigan State University Extension.
|3.||Insects of North Carolina|
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
|4.||The Songs of Insects|
Lang Elliott, Wil Hershberger. 2007. Houghton Mifflin.