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Species Meconema meridionale - Southern Oak Bush-Cricket

What is this GORGEOUS guy?  - Meconema meridionale - female green thing - Meconema meridionale - male Orthoptera  Bush cricket? - Meconema meridionale Southern Oak Bush-cricket - Meconema meridionale - female Drumming Katydid - Meconema meridionale - female Translucent looking cricket? - Meconema meridionale - female Katydid? grasshopper?? - Meconema meridionale - female Carnivorous Katydid? - Meconema meridionale - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Tettigoniidea (Katydids, Camel Crickets, and relatives)
Family Tettigoniidae (Katydids)
Subfamily Meconematinae (Quiet-calling Katydids)
Genus Meconema
Species meridionale (Southern Oak Bush-Cricket)
Other Common Names
Méconème Fragile, Short-winged Drumming Katydid
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Meconema meridionale Costa 1860. Type locality: region of Napoli, Italy
Meconema brevipenne Yersin 1860. Type locality: Hyères, France
Like Meconema thalassinum, but with tiny wings as an adult.
Originally south of Alps in Europe, but since 1960 has expanded far north of this, and was first reported in England in 2001. It has now shown up in North America in New York and Washington.
This species has apparently not been noticed before 2017 in North America, individuals photographed and perhaps collected before this having been mistaken for nymphs of Meconema thalassinum. So far it is apparently rather rare in North America, except in the Seattle area.

[note by David Ferguson, 10-24-17] It is interesting that it has appeared in both New York and Washington at roughly the same time. I suspect that it is simply a short-winged variant of Meconema thalassinum (this is pure supposition at this point though).