Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/3/2002
Publication Date: 3/31/2003
Citation: Nickle, D.A. 2003. Book review: Katydids and bush-crickets. Reproductive behavior and evolution of the Tettigoniidae. Darryl T. Gwynne. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 105(2):506-507.
Interpretive Summary: Katydids or bush-crickets are insects related to grasshoppers, many species of which are agricultural pests, feeding on crops, fruits, and budding flowers. This book reviews the biology and behavior of many of these species, including a very important pest, the Morman Cricket, which causes millions of dollars in damage annually to crops and rangeland grasses in the western and southwestern United States. Many aspects on the basic biology of this pest species are reviewed here in detail for the first time. User groups to benefit from reading this book include researchers on rangeland grasshopper and katydids pest control, scientists working on basic biology of insects, and specialists studying these particular groups.
Technical Abstract: Katydids are an excellent group of insects for laboratory and field studies on evolutionary theory. Gwynne's book reviews how researchers studying pair formation behavior of these insects demonstrated important aspects of Darwin's theory of sexual selection.