South Asian Bush Katydid, Mecopoda elongata

These well-camouflaged insects are often heard at night, singing “katy-did, katy-didn’t”. To produce the song, male katydids rub the ridged edge of one wing against the other. Katydid males sing, or stridulate, to attract a female mate. To hear the sound, males and females have ears on their front legs.

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