Straight-Lanced Meadow Katydid

Conocephalus strictus

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Female straight-lanced meadow katydid resting on a leaf, viewed from side
The straight-lanced meadow katydid (Conocephalus strictus) is common in pastures, roadsides, and crop lands. The female's swordlike ovipositor is longer than the rest of her body.
Family

Tettigoniidae (katydids) in the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)

Description

The straight-lanced meadow katydid is common in pastures, old fields, roadsides, and agricultural lands. The ovipositor of the female is remarkably long, a swordlike structure that is longer than the rest of the body. The forewings are very short. The song has been likened to a purr: a droning, relatively soft buzz that sometimes breaks into a series of rapid, skipping tics. A chorus is impressive, but a single individual may escape notice.

Learn more about this and other katydids on their group page.