ⓘ Sphagniana sphagnorum


ⓘ Bog katydid

Sphagniana sphagnorum, the bog katydid, is the only species in the family Tettigoniidae endemic to Canada. It frequents black-spruce sphagnum bogs across the Canadian northwest from Ontario to the Yukon. The two-part song of the males is remarkable among acoustic insects for alternating between two sound spectra: high audio sound frequencies are changed for ultrasonic frequencies every quarter second. The forewings rub to and fro, drawing a scraper on one forewing along a row of teeth on the other forewing and sending thin glassy wing cells into oscillation to radiate sound; two different regions of this file are used for the two spectra.