Common True Katydid

Pterophylla camellifolia


Conservation Status

  • The name Katydids is an Onomatopoeia. These insects are named for their song which sounds like their name – “ka-ty-did.” 
  • Katydids can fly, but they’re not particularly good at it. 
  • Different populations are known for slightly different song variations. In the southeastern United States, they sing a rapid song in a synchronized chorus. Females prefer males with the loudest song. 
  • Oak trees are important to katydids, which mature on their foliage. Their camouflage makes them almost indiscernible from leaves.