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Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus strictus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

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A long, stinger-like ovipositor on the female Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid helps her bury eggs.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: Conocephalus
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            Species: strictus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Conocephalus strictus
Other Name(s): Straight-lanced Katydid
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 30mm (0.51" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; brown; white
Descriptors: jumping; back stripe; line; stinger; tail; curved ovipositor; long antennae

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 13mm (0.5in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 13mm
Md: 21.5mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Straight-lanced 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 Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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