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.
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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 above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.