Shieldback Katydid from France

Cricket, France 2010
Location: Southern France
November 7, 2010 6:29 am
Hi, My daughter discovered this insect whilst walking in the south of France in June 2010. It was walking out of the undergrowth, having just avoided the gardener’s strimmer. Could you please help identify it? Thanks
Signature: Spencer

Shieldback Katydid

Hi Spencer,
This is a Shieldback Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  The lack of an ovipositor indicates this is a male.  We will try to determine a species identification for you.

Expert Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is a male of Barbitistes serricauda (Tettigoniidae, Phaneropterinae).

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