Conehead Katydid

Subject: Coneheaded Katydid
Location: Deer Park, TX
January 23, 2013 9:54 pm
My children and I heard this noisy insect in the garage. We went to investigate and discovered him/her. I am thinking it is a Coneheaded Katydid. What are your thoughts? After my kids looked at him/her for a while, we released it into the backyard. I am a little shocked an insect of this size (2-2.5 in) was already up and about in January.
Signature: M.


Dear M.,
Based on this photo from Bugguide, this looks to us like it might be a Round-Tipped Conehead,
Neoconocephalus retusus, and since you heard it and since it lacks an ovipositor, we know it is a male.

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