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Old 06-04-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Yeah good job finding them thats them only Green in color. In 2007 they were really bad we couldn't even sit in the back they were so loud. I've noticed they are getting louder as each passes since last week.
I heard about that lockheed! My friends live in Kerrville and said it was AWFUL. Katydids everywhere.

Just want to clarify again in case anyone gets confused....I'm definitely not talking about cicadas (though they are annoying sometimes, I always kind of liked their sound...reminds me of when I was a kid!).
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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Its those stupid Katydids. There was one on teh ground today and the dogs started messing with it and it made one hell of a racket.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Actually I think you are hearing the smoke monster from Lost
Funny that you mention that. Last night we were sitting out on the patio listening to them and it reminded me of the smoke monster after it wreaked havoc and was leaving the scene.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: TX
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That's what we've got out here also, the Central Texas Leaf Katydid...very colorful. We're having one of those outbreaks, so they're even going to areas they weren't in before. They practically defoliated my Lacey Oak! Nor, if we could only get the katydid and the skeeters to eat each other, we'd all be better off! Or ship them all to the island!
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Arthropod.
Unlike grasshoppers and crickets, both male and female katydids make sounds by rubbing their forewings (front wings) together to “sing” to each other. Katydids hear each other with ears on their front legs. They just have to move their front legs to hear in any direction! Katydids spend most of their time at the tops of trees where most of the leaves are, and they can jump up to 20 times their body length!

Scientific Name Lifespan
Elimaea punctifera1 year

Diet
Herbivore. Avocado (young leaves), citrus, coffee, cotton, garden beans, macadamia and mango; ornamentals such as canna, anthurium, azalea, and hibiscus. Live Oak.

Predators and Threats
Birds, bats, spiders, frogs, snakes, and other insect-eaters.

Habitat
Forest, thickets; Borneo, Burma, India, Java and the Malay Peninsula. First reported in Hawaii in 1882.
About 1000 species worldwide in this subfamily which is especially well represented in the New World tropics.
However, only four species occur in the United States. Although similar, they are placed in three genera.

On May 31, 2007 Bill Carr of the Texas Nature Conservancy reported from Government Canyon State Natural Area:

"We saw literally hundreds of the beasts, most or maybe all of them feeding on the foliage of plateau live oak (Quercus fusiformis). And we could see only the lower branches of most of those trees."
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:15 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Time for bugs! And let's not forget the June Bugs! You go outside, just minding your own business and suddenly.... WHOOSH they are flying at your head!
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Time for bugs! And let's not forget the June Bugs! You go outside, just minding your own business and suddenly.... WHOOSH they are flying at your head!
Maybe washing hair with an garlic extract will help??
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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Is there anything I can spray next year early to save my beautiful oaks.....
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Is there anything I can spray next year early to save my beautiful oaks.....
Well they may munch on some of the oaks, but I have never seen them devour an entire tree.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: TX
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THIS year, they just about have...some of the trees have only tattered remnants of leaves. I'm talking about katydids, of course! This has been going on about two months and they are still here...less of them, but still around. At its height, the noise was very bad, but it was more the damage to the trees and other plants and the fact that they were EVERYWHERE. Plants were covered with them and their corpses littered the ground. Worst katydid outbreak I've ever seen. Now, I keep hearing about crickets in S.A., but out here there are not that many.
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