Broad-tipped Conehead Katydid

Slender, untapered antennae and nearly round eyes distinguish this broad-tipped conehead katydid (Neoconocephalus triops) from some very similar-looking toothpick grasshoppers. About three inches long, and apparently they make some pretty funky noises. This is very probably a male; the ovipositors on the females are very distinct.

That top photo was taken with my little mirrorless camera in 2019. Here are two photos from 2021: new gear makes a little difference!

Here’s another individual — unfortunately I could not get a good enough photo to determine gender, but my memory tells me it was probably another male. Conehead katydids appear to come in green and brown shades pretty indiscriminately within the species.

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