A long, stinger-like ovipositor on the female Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid helps her bury eggs.
While many female katydids have curved ovipositors, this species has a nearly straight one, and it is longer than the female's body. It is not a stinger though it looks like one. This appendage allows the female to inject her fertilized eggs into soil, where they have more protection from predators. This green katydid has a thick, brown stripe from head to rear end, which may be flanked by thin white lines. Long antennae are typical of katydids as is their ability to jump. Straight-lanced Meadow Katydids have wings, but they may be quite short.
Look for this grass-eating katydid in fields and meadows, especially ones with tall grasses. They are most active from mid-summer to early autumn.
Scientific Name: Conocephalus strictus
Other Name(s): Straight-lanced Katydid
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 30mm (0.51in to 1.17in)
Colors: green; brown; white
Descriptors: jumping; back stripe; line; stinger; tail; curved ovipositor; long antennae
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