|Young Katydid on Xhosa's Dream Herb blossom|
Sadly, I don't have crickets in my yard. Instead, I have katydids. Closely related to grasshoppers and crickets (all three groups are considered part of "the night singing insects." Almost sounds like the name of a folk-rock band...), katydids look like whacked-out grasshoppers, only smaller and sweeter.
The most common katydid here is the Greater Angle-winged Katydid (microcentrum rhombifolium - could be the name for a new vitamin for dieters) and its call sounds nothing at all like "katy did".
If I'm lucky, I begin to see baby katydids in early spring, in shades of soft browns and greens. Then they are veewy, veewy quiet. But by full-on summertime - one very wet year, it took until early October - they begin to make noise. Not loud the way crickets are, but kinda like a metallic clicking sound. Until you know what you are listening for, their call is somewhat hard to hear. But once you recognize the sound, you will hear it throughout the day and night, usually well into December. And then you will think back to that time when...