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Species Conocephalus strictus - Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid - Conocephalus strictus - female Conocephalus strictus - male Conocephalus strictus - male Brown-backed katydid - Conocephalus strictus - female Tettigoniidea? - Conocephalus strictus - female Conocephalus strictus? - Conocephalus strictus - male Conocephalus strictus - male Conocephalus strictus adult female - Conocephalus strictus - 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)
Subfamily Conocephalinae (Coneheads and Meadow Katydids)
Tribe Conocephalini (Meadow Katydids)
Genus Conocephalus (Lesser Meadow Katydids)
Species strictus (Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid)
Other Common Names
Straight-lanced Katydid - OSF
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Conocephalus strictus (Scudder)
Orig. Comb: Xiphidium strictum Scudder, 1875
18 spp. n. of Mex. - SINA
13-30 mm
Short-winged form is 13-22 mm, long-winged 21-30 mm
Large for a Conocephalus. Tegmina (forewings) usually very short.
Male has long cerci:
Females have distinctive long straight ovipositor, exceeding body length:
AZ-GA-RI-WY / Mex. - Map - SINA
Dry grasslands, old fields with grasses.
Most records: Aug-Sept (BG data). July-October (Michigan). August-frost (North Carolina)
Type locality: Dallas, Dallas Co., TX
See Also
Large Meadow-katydids, Orchelimum spp.
Print References
Capinera, pp. 182-183, plate 40--illustration of female (1)
Helfer, p. 266, fig. 409 (2)
Bland, p. 150, fig. 21G--male cerci (3)
Brimley, p. 20 (4)
Scudder, S.H. 1875. A Century of Ortoptera. Decade II. Locustinae. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History. 17: 454-562.
Works Cited
1.Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States
John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, Thomas J. Walker. 2004. Cornell University Press.
2.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.Orthoptera of Michigan
Roger Bland. 2003. Michigan State University Extension.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.