Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Pterophylla camellifolia (Fabricius, 1775) - Common True Katydid



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Taxonomy
Family: Tettigoniidae Subfamily: Pseudophyllinae Tribe: Pterophyllini                                                                                 
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuideSINA 141a.htm                                                                                  
Singing Behavior: Large choruses sing antiphonally, with groups of synchronized males calling in alternation.

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitat account for General Hardwood Forests
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Observation Methods: Highly arboreal and rarely seen although they sometimes come to lights. Choruses, however, are so loud and distinctive they hard to miss.
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S5
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Photo Gallery for Pterophylla camellifolia - Common True Katydid

Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Transylvania Co.
Comment: Recorded around 12:30 PM. The elevation was around 4825’. The ground temp was 20.5 C and it was sunny. The habitat consisted of Northern Hardwoods, with Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch, and Beech in the canopy.
Recorded by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Wake Co.
Comment: Large chorus singing in native trees remaining in a long-developed neighborhood
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan
Brunswick Co.
Comment: Large chorus heard while baiting for moths after dark
Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Stanly Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Stanly Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Bladen Co.
Comment: Mixed chorus
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: M. Modlin
Rutherford Co.
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Recorded by: M. Modlin
Rutherford Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger
Surry Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Granville Co.
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