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Short-winged Katydid

Insara acutitegmina


A short, squat winged female Tettigoniid about 2.5 cm in length. Her coloring is perfect for tree trunk camouflage. She has black triangular markings on the abdomen and beautiful pink eyes. The wings seem much too small to carry her weight if she were to fly. The ovipositor is short and curved and has tiny teeth on the upper edge. You can see the tympanum for "hearing" on the front tibia in several of the pictures. Family Tettigoniidae. This is only a recently described species and the the type locality is San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico (


Garden at night, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.


Many thanks to Holgar Braun for the identification. Studies in Mexican Tettigoniidae: A new genus of Copiphorini and the first description of male Conocephalus (Aphauropus) leptopterus Rehn and Hebard and the female of Insara acutitegmina. Fontana, Buzzetti, Mariño-Pérez & García García states "... Tribe Insarini Rehn and Hebard, 1914 and Insara Walker, 1869. Insara acutitegmina is a short-winged Tettigonidae from Mexico, recently described using only male specimens (Fontana et al., 2011) (Figure 23). Recently-collected material from Mexico by the authors provided further specimens from geographically-close localities and included female specimens as well". There are both brown and green forms of this species, see:

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San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 23, 2019
Submitted on Jul 12, 2019

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