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Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids (in Australia, South Africa, the United States), or bush crickets. They have previously been known as long-horned grasshoppers. More than 6,400 species are known. Part of the suborder Ensifera, the Tettigoniidae are the only extant (living) family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are primarily nocturnal in habit with strident mating calls. Many katydids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.
On my porch.
Here in the Southern mountains, the old-timers (and many young people as well) still predict the weather by “the signs,” that is, the signs found in nature. One of those signs is the annual singing of the katydids. Folks say that the first frost will arrive three months after the first singing of the katydids.
Spotted on Aug 22, 2014
Submitted on Aug 22, 2019