Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Conocephalus brevipennis (Scudder, 1862) - Short-Winged Meadow Katydid



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Taxonomy
Family: Tettigoniidae Subfamily: Conocephalinae Tribe: Conocephalini
Comments: One of nineteen species in this large worldwide genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (SINA, 2018; Cigliano et al., 2018); ten have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide, Google ImagesSINA 234a.htm                                                                                  
Comments: A small, short-winged Lesser Meadow Katydid. The dorsal surface of the head, thorax, tegmina, and abdomen are usually dark brown to reddish brown. The face, sides of the head and thorax, and legs are usually green but often speckled with brown. Two pale lines border the dark dorsal stripe on the pronotum and some individuals have a yellowish shade towards the end of the abdomen, including the cerci. Several other short-winged Meadow Katydids are similar in size, color, and pattern and are best distinguished by the male cerci.
Total Length [body plus wings; excludes ovipositor]: 11-12.5 mm, males; 11-14 mm, females (Blatchley, 1920)
Structural Features: The cerci have a strong tooth at the midpoint and are strongly flattened on the interior side beyond the tooth. The ovipositor is fairly straight, with the lower margin tapering upward to an acute apex (Blatchley, 1920). The tegmina are usually shorter than the abdomen but long-winged forms occur rarely. Blatchley and others state that the tegmina in the males reaches the base of the cerci, with those of females covering 2/3 of the abdomen. However, males in our populations frequently have tegmina that are much shorter, covering only 2/3 to 3/4 of the abdomen.
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Distribution in North Carolina
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Adult Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
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Image Gallery for Conocephalus brevipennis - Short-Winged Meadow Katydid

Recorded by: Steve Hall and Bo Sullivan
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall, Carol Tingley, Van Cotter, and Meriel Goodwin
Durham Co.
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Recorded by: John Petranka
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklen Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe 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
Yancey Co.
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Recorded by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
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Recorded by: L. Amos
Vance Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Ashe Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Ashe Co.
Comment: Male with yellowish abdominal apex
Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Ashe Co.
Comment: Male showing blackish shade on its face
Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Franklin Co.
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall; SPHALL
Northhampton Co.
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Recorded by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
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