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Two small katydids with absurdly long antenna.
Lesser meadow katydids live in meadows and grasslands. These are in a suburban backyard in lawn that has grown to approximately 6 inches high. A grassy meadow area (3ft high grasses) is nearby)
The stinger looking organ is actually an ovipositor, used to lay eggs in grass stems. I'd assumed while taking the pictures that these were Straight-lance Meadow Katydids, but when I checked online it seems those have much longer ovipositors, so I am not sure which ones these are.
Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Sep 3, 2012