Any ideas? Found it outside my home in San Diego, CA.
This is a female Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid, Scudderia mexicana. They are attracted to our Los Angeles porch light right now, and we let the adults eat our rose buds because we enjoy the sounds they make. Charles Hogue, in Insects of the Los Angeles Basis wrote: “It song is also slightly different: males usually lisp (“zeek”) in a series of three or four a few seconds apart, although a shorter-pulsed sound (“zip”) is also made; ticking seems to be rare.”