Robust Conehead (Neoconocephalus robustus)

Song of a Robust Conehead (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_neocon-robus_WH_DIGI_abAs its name implies, the Robust Conehead is the largest of the coneheads. Its rounded cone contains no black areas and is accented with a yellow- ish stripe that wraps around the tip. Most individuals are yellow-green, but a brown morph also occurs. Found in tall weeds along roadsides and in moist upland fields, and also along the edges of various wetland habitats. Driving country roads at night, you will have no trouble hearing this species—the song is so loud that you can hear it from inside a closed moving car.

Range Map for Robust Conehead

Robust Conehead

Song: A continuous harsh buzz of incredible volume, with a peak frequency of about 8 kHz. Can be heard more than a thousand feet away! At close range, it becomes painful to listen to. One would think that the insect would burst into flames from the friction produced in creating such an intense song.
 
Sonogram of a Robust Conehead. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Robust Conehead

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Agile Meadow Katydid
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Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
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Oblong-winged Katydid
Great Angle-wing
Lesser Angle-wing
Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Curved-tailed Bush Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Northern Bush Katydid
Texas Bush Katydid
Treetop Bush Katydid
Shield-backed Katydids (Tettigoniinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid

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