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Why they’re called katydids. August 3, 2013

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, homesteading.
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Last night, our friend Ben and Silence Dogood were sitting out on our deck with our beloved black German shepherd, Shiloh, enjoying our chili lights and the flames of our citronella candles and the sounds of the night.

Then we heard it, high up in the trees, an insistent, repeating “Katydid! Katydid! Katydid!” Well, actually it was more like “kadydit.” But it clued us in to how this pale green cross between a grasshopper and a fairy got its name.

Every now and then, and always at night in high summer, we see a katydid on the screen of our deck door, drawn by the warmth of our kitchen lights. We remember a time when we would also occasionally see the magical, magnificent pale green luna moth, but it has been many years since one has graced our property. We mourn our loss.

But at least we still have katydids. And at least we finally understand their peculiar name.

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