Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Neoconocephalus triops (Linnaeus, 1758) - Broad-Tipped Conehead


Taxonomy
Family: Tettigoniidae Subfamily: Copiphorinae Tribe: Copiphorini
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide, Google Images, GBIFSINA 191a.htm                                                                                  
Structural photos
Singing Behavior: Songs are composed of long buzzes, with the spectrograms showing most of the energy concentrated in a band between 7 and 14 kHz. Fulton (1932) noted that the songs sometimes showed "brief breaks occurring at intervals of a few seconds." Walker found the same pattern in Florida populations and originally believed they could represent two distinct species. However, in a study by Whitsell and Walker (1978), a single species produces both forms: a spring song, given by males that have overwintered as adults, and consisting of unbroken buzzes; and a summer song, given by males that reach adulthood in the spring, consisting of buzzes that are interrupted at regular intervals. In North Carolina, both forms occur as early as April, with the summer song also recorded in July. Whereas the summer songs in Florida are broken at intervals of about 1 sec, the interval between breaks is over 2 sec in our area.
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Distribution in North Carolina
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Adult Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Fulton (1932) described a preference for vegetation consisting of tall grass, weeds, or bushes. We have also found them well back under closed-canopy forests.
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See also Habitat Account for General Forests and Fields
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: GNR S5
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Image Gallery for Neoconocephalus triops - Broad-Tipped Conehead

Recorded by: Owen McConnell
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Michael P. Morales
Cumberland Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
Comment: Summer song
Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Simpson Eason
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: Mark Shields
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Owen McConnell
Graham Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Dee Stuckey
Orange Co.
Comment: Summer song type; ~ 72 F
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall
Orange Co.
Comment: Spring Song
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
Comment: Female
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
Comment: Male
Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Iredell Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: L. Amos
Vance Co.
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Recorded by: F. Williams, S. Williams
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Newman, Randy
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis, FKW, SBW
Camden Co.
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Recorded by: Newman, Randy
Carteret Co.
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MP3 Gallery for Neoconocephalus triops - Broad-Tipped Conehead

1 Recorded by: Steve Hall and Dee Stuckey
Orange Co.
2019-04-28
Large chorus heard singing from grass on powerline right-of-way. Started singing at dusk, around 20:00.