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Common Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum vulgare)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Common Meadow Katydid

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Bright red-orange eyes and wispy long antennae adorn the head of the Common Meadow Katydid.

Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Tettigoniidae
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          Genus: Orchelimum
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            Species: vulgare
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Orchelimum vulgare
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 26mm (0.86" to 1.02")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; red
Descriptors: orange eyes; long antennae; grasshopper; red back; hopping; flying; red eyes

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 22mm (0.9in) and 26mm (1.0in)
Lo: 22mm
Md: 24mm
Hi: 26mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Common Meadow Katydid may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Common Meadow Katydid. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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