Black-sided Meadow Katydid – Conocephalus nigropleurum

Black-sided Meadow Katydid – Conocephalus nigropleurum
Order Orthoptera – Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids / Family Tettigoniidae
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Live adult katydids photographed at Winfield, DuPage County, Illinois. Size = 15mm

Black-sided Meadow Katydid

Katydids are large, usually green insects with long antennae and large wings, eminently capable of flight. Most katydids are well-camouflaged in foliage and become virtually invisible amidst greenery the identical color. Family Tettigoniidae contains about 6000 species in 1070 genera.

This from Tree of Life: "Katydids are found on all continents except Antarctica and in an assortment of habitats from tropical forests (Heller 1995) and peat bogs (Vickery and Kevan 1985) to montane alpine zones 'far above the last outposts of trees'. Within these habitats, virtually all tettigoniids are associated with vegetation, particularly during inactive periods when the insects retreat into (or onto) leaves.

image: black-sided katydid

image: black-sided katydid

Order Orthoptera – Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids
There are more than 20,000 species in the order Orthoptera. These diverse insects are found worldwide, although their numbers are concentrated in the tropics.
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