Wildlife Tidbits

Identifying Characteristics

— Medium to large (24-74 mm) grasshopper-like

— Head produced into a pointed or rounded cone

— Can be green or brown

— Cone is separated from face by a gap

— Cone does not have a sharp point

Habitat Characteristics

— Most often found on the plants that they eat

— Common in grasses and marshes

— They sometimes use cornfields

— Reproduce in crowns of grass clumps

Fun Facts

— Conehead katydids are also known as long-horned grasshoppers due to their long, slim shape.

— Katydid nymphs look like adults but they lack wings. As they grow the nymphs shed their exoskeletons

     several times, finally getting wings during their final molt.

— Although some katydids can take to the air, they are generally known as poor fliers.

— Female katydids are typically larger than males.

— Their relatively long hind legs are used for jumping.

— Males will climb onto plants and rub their front wings together to "sing" at night to attract females.

— The katydid's common name is said to be derived from the call that some make, that sounds a lot like

     "Katy Did, Katy Didn't, Katy Did, Katy Didn't, Katy Did, Katy Didn't..." But not all species make this sound.

— Katydids, like many insects, avoid being eaten by being mostly nocturnal. Their coloring, that blends in

     with the plants they feed on, helps to conceal them too.

— Bats, that listen for the katydid's "love song," are one of their main predators.

— Katydids are solitary critters and finding one doesn't mean there are others around.

— Although they aren't usually found in groups, katydid's can sometimes be crop pests.

— Katydids may bite when handled.


— Insects are in the class "Insecta"

— The Conehead Katydid is in the katydid family "Tettigoniidae"

— It's genus is "Neoconocephalus"

— Species in the genus are considered "Common Coneheads"

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