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Common Coneheads (Neoconocephalus sp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Common Coneheads.


 Updated: 2/17/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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The unusual head shape of Common Coneheads tips off their membership to a special group of Katydids.





Common Coneheads have faces that are pinched into a cone shape. The pointed heads of some species may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like other Katydids, Common Coneheads can jump, fly and sing. Most are green and mimic leaves. Antennae are much longer than its body. Powerful hindlegs are long, much longer than the front sets of legs. Females bear long sword-like ovipositors used for laying fertilized eggs inside plant tissue. The curved ovipositor may be longer than the rest of the female's body. For this reason, some species are called Sword-Bearer Coneheads.

Adults and nymphs chew on grasses of all kinds, including corn crops. Some can deliver a painful bite to careless people thanks to strong jaws made for chewing through tough plant fibers. Most species are active during the summer and early fall, when grasses are at their peak growth. They can be found by listening for their songs; some only heard by day while other species sing at night. Some species sing both day and night. Still some other species chirp until they perceive encroaching danger, whereupon they change to a low buzz. Common Coneheads tend to reside in open fields, along roadsides, in corn fields and thickets.
Basic Information
Common Name: Common Coneheads
Other Name(s): Conehead Katydids, Sword-Bearers
Scientific Name: Neoconocephalus sp.
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 27mm to 40mm (1.05in to 1.56in)
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Identifying Colors: green, yellow, brown
Additional Descriptors: legs, cone, pointy, narrow, cricket, grasshopper, sword, stinger, flying, jumping




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Neoconocephalus
Species: sp.




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Common Coneheads may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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