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Conehead (adult ♀)

Conocephalus sp.


Almost two inches in length with antennae longer than her body. She’s eating a tiny white flower. More interestingly, you can see her ovipositor clearly in photos 2 and 3.


Subtropical Hawaiian wet forest. Arrived to Hawaii in the late 1800s. Found all over the US.


Insects of this genus are sometimes called lesser meadow katydids.

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Oh wow, Sckel, I didn't notice the ovipositor in the second pic! Great observation.

Thank you for the information, BugEric.

Sckel 9 years ago

thanks, BugEric, for the information. it can help to Mauna an ID.

BugEric 9 years ago

Yes, the sword-like appendage is the female ovipositor (egg-laying organ). This is likely a short-winged *adult* and not a nymph.

Sckel 9 years ago

cute. in the second pic, is the reproductive organ?

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Thank you, Bayucca.

bayucca 9 years ago

Tettigonidae, Katydid nymph.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 1, 2014
Submitted on Jan 12, 2014

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