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Family Tettigoniidae - Katydids

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid - Conocephalus strictus - female Handsome Meadow Katydid - Orchelimum pulchellum - male Swift Conehead - Neoconocephalus velox - female Katydid? - Belocephalus - female Drumming Katydid - Meconema thalassinum - male Katydid - Microcentrum retinerve - male Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - female Common True Katydid - Pterophylla camellifolia - female Shield-backed Katydid - Atlanticus americanus - male Greater arid-land predaceous Katydid - Neobarrettia spinosa - female
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)
Other Common Names
Long-horned Meadow Grasshoppers
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
classification follows(1)
Explanation of Names
Tettigoniidae Krauss, 1902
from Greek τεττιξ (τεττιγ-) 'cicada'(2)
243 spp. in 49 genera in our area(3)
10 to 60 mm or more
wings held vertically over body, resembling roof of a house
antennae very long, often extending well beyond tip of abdomen
all tarsi with 4 segments (formula 4-4-4), compare crickets (3-3-3)
tympana (hearing organs) on front tibiae
ovipositor typically flattened and sword-like

Overview of Subfamilies:

Conocephalinae - Coneheads and Meadow Katydids

Listroscelidinae - Spiny Predatory Katydids

Meconematinae - Quiet-calling Katydids

Phaneropterinae - Phaneropterine/False Katydids

Pseudophyllinae - True Katydids

Tettigoniinae - Shield-backed Katydids
Most species eat vegetation, some are predatory on other insects
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