Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States
Robust for a lesser meadow katydid (Conocephalus). Females are easily recognized by their nearly straight ovipositor that much exceeds the body in length. Male cerci are more than 2 mm long, tapered beyond the tooth, and flattened in their final third. In most individuals, the forewings cover only one- to two-thirds of the abdomen and the hind wings are completely concealed by the forewings. However, a few have forewings that extend rearward to the tips of the femora, with the hind wings extending even farther. The song is a very faint, continuous fluttery buzz, sometimes alternating long periods of a fast, regular pulsation rate with shorter periods of a slower, somewhat irregular, pulsation rate. Length is 13-22 mm in the shorter-winged form, 21-30 mm in the long-winged form.