Friday, July 6, 2012

Night Sounds: Katy-did-it!

Katydid : A Close Up View of a Red and Green Katydid, a Jumping Insect
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Nights in the Southern United States are almost without exception filled with the sounds of insects enjoying the summer heat.  One of the most talked about, if not the most commonly heard, is the Katydid.  Last night I wondered how this bug, that is more closely related to the cricket than the grasshopper, got its name.  The general consensus is that its name "Katy-did" is the sound they makeClick here to read an Appalachian folk-story of love & murder that resulted in the bugs identifying the murderer by exclaiming, "Katy-did-it!"

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