Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Conocephalus fasciatus (De Geer, 1773) - Slender 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: BugGuideSINA 231a.htm                                                                                  
Comments: A small, slender, long-winged Lesser Meadow Katydid. The dorsal surface of the head, thorax, and abdomen are dark brown; on the abdomen, the dorsal band is bordered by pale lines which, in females, are further bordered by dark brown lines (Rehn and Hebard, 1915). The tegmina are reddish brown and the face, sides of the head, thorax, abdomen, as well as the legs are green. While our other members of this genus are typically short-winged, the long-winged forms that occasionally occur are very similar in size, color, and pattern to fasciatus and are best distinguished by features of the male cerci (see below).
Total Length [body plus wings; excludes ovipositor]: Body length: 12-13.5 mm, males; 12-14.5 mm, females (Blatchley, 1920)
Structural Features: No brachypterous individuals are known; the tegmina typically surpass the ends of the hind femora but occasionally just barely (Rehn and Hebard, 1915). The cerci have a strong median spine and a somewhat depressed apex, but not as strongly flattened on the interior side as in brevipennis (Blatchley, 1920). The ovipositor is straight and about 2/3 as long as the hind femora.
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Distribution in North Carolina
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Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Photo Gallery for Conocephalus fasciatus - Slender Meadow Katydid

Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Watauga Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka and Becky Elkin
Transylvania Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Jones Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: J.B. Sullivan
Carteret 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
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Hunter Phillips
Onslow Co.
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Recorded by: Kyle Kittelberger
Rockingham Co.
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