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  • Common Coneheads - (Neoconocephalus sp.)

    Common Coneheads - (Neoconocephalus sp.)

    The usual cranial shape of Katydids in the Common Conehead genus makes them look a bit odder than the typical Katydid, but they are just like their relatives in most every other way.

    Picture of Common Coneheads
    Staff Writer (8/11/2014): The pointed heads of some species in this genus of Katydids may even have a knob at the 'nose'. Like other Katydids though, Coneheads can jump, fly and sing. They also 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.

    Females bear long sword-like ovipositors used for laying fertilized eggs inside plant tissue. The ovipositor may be longer than the rest of the female's body. For this reason, some species are called Sword-Bearer Coneheads.

    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 heard only by day while other species sing at night. Some species sing both day and night. Some species chirp until they perceive encroaching danger, whereupon they change to a low buzz. They reside in open fields, along roadsides, corn fields, thickets, flowers, tree foliage and in marshes.

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    Common Coneheads

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Common Coneheads
    Scientific Name: Neoconocephalus sp.
    Other Names: Conehead Katydids, Sword-Bearers

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 27mm to 40mm (1.06in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: green, yellow, brown

    Additional Descriptors: legs, cone, pointy, narrow, cricket, grasshopper, sword, stinger, flying, jumping

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

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