So every year we have a small but very noisy species of meadow katydid that is attracted to the light on our porch. This is definitely the same species that ends up chirping on the door frame. However, its to early for me to ID using only this nymph. As the summer progresses, l'll look for adults to ID.
I identified this as a short-horned grasshopper, but I am not positive. This was on Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids or bush-crickets. There are more than 6,400 species. Part of the suborder Ensifera, it is the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. The name is derived from the genus Tettigonia, first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1748. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets and weta than to any type of grasshopper. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly...