..... asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago


i was wondering if "katydids" were more referred to as cicadas or crickets?

thanks so much!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Crickets and katydids

    Crickets, katydids, and grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera. Some authors include walking sticks, cockroaches, and mantids, but we place them in other orders. Orthoptera, as we restrict it, is divided into two suborders: Caelifera (grasshoppers and relatives) and Ensifera (crickets, katydids, and gryllacridoids).

    The Caelifera have antennae that are shorter than the body and short ovipositors. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the first abdominal segment.

    Ensiferans, with the exception of mole crickets, have antennae at least as long as their bodies. Ovipositors are usually long and blade- or needle-like. Species that produce calling songs nearly always do so by rubbing the forewings together. Those that hear have the ears in their foretibiae.


    Cicadas belong to the order (or suborder) Homoptera, which is characterized by piercing sucking mouthparts and, in most winged members, membranous wings held rooflike over the body. Most cicadas are more than 20 mm in length (from head to tip of membranous forewings at rest). All have three ocelli and the antennae arise between rather than beneath the eyes.

    The upper three images are adults of representative species of North American cicadas. They vary in length, color patterns, and habitat. The lower image is of a cicada nymph.

    By their songs

    We may eventually attempt to make it easy for someone to identify the most commonly heard species of singing insects by their songs alone. For now, we will only give these guidelines for deciding what major group of singing insects is likely responsible for a particular call you hear:

    Crickets songs are musical to the human ear because their carrier frequencies are relatively pure and low.

    Katydids and cicadas songs sound buzzy, raspy, or whiney, because their carrier frequencies are less pure and are higher than those of crickets. Cicadas call almost exclusively during daylight hours and at dusk, usually from trees and shrubs, whereas most katydids call only at night and many are not resticted to woody vegetation.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Katydids are certainly not cicadas. They belong

    to an entirely different Order. They are not really

    crickets, either, though that is closer than cicada.

    They are one of the long-antennaed grasshopper


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well taxonomically speaking they would be considered crickets. They all belong to the order Orthoptera, this includes crickets, katydids and grasshoppers.

    Cicadas belong to the group of true bugs (hemiptera) their closest relatives are the aphids, scale insects and leaf hoppers and also other bugs like bed bugs, stink bugs, toe biters, and assassin bugs.

    Their vocalization is done in the same way as crickets as well, by using stridulating membranes on the wing cases and legs as opposed to the internal drumming mechanism of the cicadas.

    I hope this answers your question

    Source(s): Im an entomologist
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cicadas in the northern plains states.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    crickets in the pacific northwest.

  • 1 decade ago

    i use cicadeas tht extra e works for me

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