Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus strictus)

Song of a Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_cono-stric_WH_DIGINamed for the shape of the female’s ovipositor (not pictured), the Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid is large, long-bodied, and dark in color compared to other small meadow katydids. May occur in large numbers, but distribution is patchy within its range. The preferred habitat is open areas of short grass along roadsides and in pastures. Males have the peculiar ability to bend their bodies at odd angles. It is interesting to watch their interactions and movements — they are the contortionists of the katydid world.

Range Map for Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydids range from southern New York to southern Georgia and west from central Arizona north to southern Montana.

Song: A faint, continuous purr at 10–20 kHz, often with a pulsating quality. Difficult to hear, but in a dense colony, the combined sounds of individuals in a chorus can be impressively loud, even overwhelming.
 
Sonogram of a Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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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
Black-legged Meadow Katydid
Common Meadow Katydid
Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Lesser Pine Meadow Katydid
Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
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
Rattler Round-winged Katydid
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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