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Round-headed Katydid (genus Amblycorypha).  These false katydids sing at night from grass or trees.  There are several different species that make rattles or ticking sounds.  This is a male nymph and is still developing its wings.  Another type of katydid, the Common True Katydid (Pterophylla amellifolia) is named for the sound males make.  Their song-producing organs are located on their front wings, and they sound like katy did, katy didn't.  Females chirp in response to this shrill song, and both are especially vocal during the summer mating season.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes