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Species Bucrates malivolans - Cattail Conehead

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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 Conocephalinae (Coneheads and Meadow Katydids)
Tribe Copiphorini (Coneheads)
Genus Bucrates
Species malivolans (Cattail Conehead)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Conocephalus hoplomachus
described in 1878 by Scudder, who originally placed it in genus Conocephalus
One of two species in this genus in North America listed at Singing Insects of North America
one of 5 species worldwide listed at Orthoptera Species File
body length 29-35 mm and 46-56 mm for short-winged and long-winged males; 34-46 and 57-70 for short-winged and long-winged females; ovipositor 37-38.5 mm
body either brown or green, with short or long wings; cone round-tipped without prominent gap between it and face; wings cover most or all of abdomen; ovipositor very long, at least 1.5 times as long as hind femur (see drawing at OSF)
coastal southeastern states, north to Long Island, west to Gulf coast of Texas
freshwater marshes on cattails, sawgrass, and other tall grasses; also in moist thickets and tangled vegetation along wet or flooded ditches
July to September (except April to January in southern Florida)
See Also
females of other coneheads have a shorter ovipositor (less than 1.5 times as long as hind femur) -- see description of Marsh Conehead (Neoconocephalus palustris) and three other species further down the page at SINA
Internet References
species account including photos, drawings, description, habitat, distribution, song details, seasonality, similar species (Singing Insects of North America)
pinned photos and drawings plus common name reference, song recording, literature citations, synonym, type specimen information (Orthoptera Species File)