The black-legged meadow katydid is one of our most beautiful native katydids. A medium-sized grasshopper-like insect, it has a blue-green body, red eyes, and long black hind legs. The call begins with two or three "tics" followed by a gradually widening buzz: tic-tic buzzzzzzzzz, tic-tic-tic buzzzzzzzzz.
Learn more about this and other katydids on their group page.
Habitat and Conservation
Walking in tall grasses, you catch a glimpse of movement. Closer inspection reveals a gorgeous, strikingly marked katydid hiding among the foliage. These secretive katydids are quick to hop away or move to the other side of a plant stem.
Usually found in prairies, meadows, grassy and weedy areas, backyard gardens, and wetlands. They seem to prefer moist, grassy, marshy areas.