Location: San Diego, north county
July 18, 2014 11:26 am
We found this cricket-type in Poway, CA I couldn’t find it in my guides. What is it?
Signature: Up to you.
We have not been able to locate a good match on BugGuide, but we believe that this is a Lesser Meadow Katydid in the genus Conocephalus. You cas nee the similarities to this Straight-Lanced Meadow Katydid pictured on BugGuide, though your individual lacks the marking along the head and back. We will try to get another opinion on this identification.
July 19, 2014: Eric Eaton provides a correction
I disagree, actually. This should be a much larger creature than a meadow katydid. It is one of the shield-backed katydids of which California has a great number of endemic (found only in California) species. This *might* be Idiostatus aequalis, but I would not put money on it. Lots of other similar genera even.