Red Headed Meadow Katydid, we believe

Subject: Grasshopper in Piedmont region Georgia.
Location: Piedmont Georgia
November 9, 2016 6:12 pm
Trying to identify this grasshopper. Here’s a link it’s gorgeous, I just want to know what it is! Thanks!
Signature: Mariah Dalton

Red Headed Meadow Katydid
Red Headed Meadow Katydid

Dear Mariah,
This is not a Grasshopper, but rather a Katydid, and even more specifically a Greater Meadow Katydid in the genus Orchelimum.  We believe this is a Red Headed Meadow Katydid,
Orchelimum erythrocephalum, based on this BugGuide image and the description on BugGuide that states:  “Coloration typically green with reddish highlights, including a (usually) bright red head in both sexes. Eyes light blue. Red head is (apparently?) distinctive in this genus, however some specimens do not show a bright red head.”  The sickle-shaped ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen indicates that this is a female.

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