Apart from their smaller size, members of the Lesser Meadow Katydids are just like their larger relatives in most every other way.
Katydids have very long antennae, a feature that sets them apart from grasshoppers. They are strong jumpers and can fly. Lesser Meadow Katydids are smaller than others, and they have a cone-shaped head that is a bright green color without markings. A brown stripe runs down the back. Long legs are speckled with tiny brown spikes. Females have straight, syringe-like ovipositors that they use to inject fertilized eggs into plant stems. It is not a stinger.
As their common name suggests, the members of this genus are typically found in grassy areas, overgrown fields, and meadows, feeding on the variety of plants growing around them. Listen for singing males during the day. Only one generation per year is produced.
Scientific Name: Conocephalus spp.
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 27mm (0.39in to 1.05in)
Colors: green, brown, white
Descriptors: brown spine, brown, stripe, line, grasshopper, tiny wings, specks on legs, jumping, flying
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