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Greater Anglewing Katydid

Microcentrum rhombifolium (Saussure 1859)

Family Tettigoniidae, Subfamily Phaneropterinae


Greater Anglewing Katydid - Microcentrum rhombifolium

Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma
September 23, 2007 (Sam Houston)

Line drawing of male, by Martha B Lackey.
Fig. 25 from Alexander, Pace, and Otte 1972.

Microcentrum rhombifolium Records

Greater Anglewing Katydid - Microcentrum rhombifolium

Distribution data per Singing Insects of North America
November 2003

Range: Eastern and southwestern U.S.


Males have two songs, the most distinctive is a rhythmic, even tic, tic, tic, tic, song that goes on for approximately 20 clicks.

Habitat: Arboreal, found on many kinds of trees (Helfer, 1962)

Season: Primarily two generations per year, June to August and October to November in northern Florida. Graph

Abundance: May be very common in rural backyards (Elliott & Hershberger, 2007)

Damage: Although rare, leaf damage, particularly to young trees, can be extremely severe. (Griffiths, 1952)

Similar Species: There are six species of Microcentrum in the U.S., five occur in (or very near) Texas:

Microcentrum latifrons - Southwestern angle-wing 
Microcentrum louisianum - Louisiana angle-wing 
Microcentrum minus - Texas angle-wing 
Microcentrum retinerve - Lesser angle-wing 
Microcentrum rhombifolium - Greater angle-wing 

Etymology: Microcentrum rhombifolium (Saussure 1859)

micr, -o (G). Small
centr, -i, -o, =um (G). The center; a point, spur
rhomb, -o, =us (G). A parallelopiped with equal sides; a top
foli, -a, =um (L). A leaf

Biography: Henri Louis Frederic de Saussure (1829-1905), Swiss mineralogist and entomologist - Wikipedia


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Elliott, L. & W. Hershberger. 2007. The Songs of Insects. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 228 pp.; sonagrams, color photographs.

Griffiths, J.T. 1952. Some biological notes on katydids in Florida citrus groves. Florida Entomologist, 35: 134-138.

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Taber, S.W. & S.B. Fleenor. 2003. Insects of the Texas Lost Pines. Texas A&M University, College Station. 283 pp.

19 Nov 2008  © Mike Quinn / / Texas Entomology / Katydids of Texas