Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 21, 2010

This Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus strictus) was on the porch one evening.  I have them all over the pasture.  They bite if you pick them up, and often spit “tobacco” a nasty brownish liquid that smells bad.  So I just photograph them.  This one seems to be saying, “This is my good side.”

There is remarkably little information on this insect.  I can find lots of pictures, but nothing about the life cycle, eating preferences, or anything like that.  If you know of a good website that discusses such things, please leave it in the comments.

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid


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