The Singing Scuds!



These are the midst days of July and delightful singing of scuds are on full swing; here don’t assume scud armaments. I signify the katydids of scudderia species; called after the name of Samuel hubbard scudder (from 1837 to 1911) a renowned American entomologist. While being close by Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area; I can hear the hymns of two different species: the duos are named as Broad-winged Bush Katydid or Scudderia pistillata and Northern Bush Katydid or Scudderia septentrionalis. The latter one is most exciting to hear because in it sings at slight intervals and there is always a chance to focus on it and take full pleasure when they’re at the zenith of singing mood.

Singing Scuds

As disclosed in the neck of woods, Northern Bush Katydid is usually used to sing in chubby shrubs sitting at the borders of clearing area. The males of the species start singing from the dusk as soon as it gets dark it reaches to the top speed abruptly. At the time of courtships and mating (which presently is at the Conn Hill), the individuals are made aware of their presence with their own extremely exalted and excited clacks of males; this exceedingly high-pitched velocity cannot be easily heard by many of the people and the produced energy is approximately 12,000Hz. Isn’t amazing to know? As their clacks grow more excitement, all of them break and enter into a sequence of drones that is long-lasting for few seconds and too is unbearable to hear.

In a close soundtrack of a solo male busy with buzzing and clicking; this sound recording has taken from very close distance using a parabolic microphone. Make a note of how its minute-long presentation little by little increases and ends on sequence of piercing clicks and subsequently a silence.

It very interesting to realize the echoes waving in air seems to be communicable. Later than the quiet period restarts with clicking sounds as one male begins clicking and other males of surrounding mutually get joint with him. Very soon the atmosphere overwhelms with buzzing and clicking sounds at its full intensity and with a sudden stroke all of the katydids keep a mum. This type of transmittable flair for singing performance is a common thing in the insect world.