Bright red-orange eyes and wispy long antennae adorn the head of the Common Meadow Katydid.
Despite its extremely long antennae, the actual body length of the Common Meadow Katydid is somewhat small for its kind. The mostly green insect may have either a hint of pink on its head and back, or it may have deep red coloring there and on its lower legs as well. Females also have a curved ovipositor at the end of the abdomen that is used to deposit eggs; it is not a stinger. Long wings allow this katydid to fly, but strong legs mean it can also hop away from danger.
Like most katydids, the Common Meadow Katydid eats grasses and other plant material. Its main habitat is meadows, but it can also be found in fields and marshes, foraging for food.
Scientific Name: Orchelimum vulgare
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 26mm (0.86in to 1.01in)
Colors: green; red
Descriptors: orange eyes; long antennae; grasshopper; red back; hopping; flying; red eyes
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