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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Katydids in wintertime?


I thought you might be more familiar with this since you are from Texas.

I am in Houston and this past week, I think Katydids have finally come out. The insects I hear have a long, constant, ear-splitting buzz and they seem to be mainly in the long grass banks of the bayous here. Would this be considered really early for these insects to be out??


Normally, insects stay in some sort of dormancy until spring in Texas.  HOWEVER, when temperatures turn exceedingly warm, we will see insects emerging that don't normally appear this early.  Insects like butterflies, katydids and the like will emerge on very warm days.  Unfortunately, most of these early "birds" don't survive because cold snaps are certain to occur in February before consistently warm temperatures are the norm.

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Nathan Riggs


I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at


22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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