- This page contains pictures and information about Meadow Katydids and
Spine-headed Katydids in Subfamily Conocephalinae
that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- The katydid is watching us from its back.
- The Meadow katydids and Spine-headed Katydids in Subfamily Conocephalinae are from small to medium
in size with slender body. Some species adults may have short-winged and
long-wings form, They are usually found on grasses and sedges. Males chorus
loudly at evening or afternoon if overcast days. Their loud buzzing
calls are common in grasslands.
- Adults in this group are mostly flower and seed feeders but nymphs are
Tribe Conocephalini - Meadow Katydids
- Meadow Katydids are common on grasslands. They are from small to medium
size. Most species adults are either long-winged or short-winged. All the Australian species are in
genus Conocephalus which is divided into three subgenus. Nymphs of
some species are predaceous. They feed on eggs and nymphs of bugs
such as Paddy
Bugs and Green Vegetable
Bugs. Meadow Katydid adults often feed on grass flowers and grass seeds.
- Greenish Meadow Katydid, Upolu Meadow
- Conocephalus (Chloroxiphidion) upoluensis, adult body
length 15mm-25mm, nymph 15mm
- Greenish Meadow Katydids live on grasses and
have very long antennae. Their body is bright green in colour with dark
brown on the back. Adults have fully developed wings in dark brown colour.
There are more pictures and information in this page.
- Whitish Meadow Katydid
- Conocephalus (Chloroxiphidion) albescens, body length 20mm
- This katydid species adults may have fully developed wings
or un-developed wings. They are pale brown in colour. More information and
pictures can be found in this page.
- Blackish Meadow Katydid
- Conocephalus (Anisoptera) semivittatus, adult body
- This Blackish Meadow Katydid is also common in Brisbane bushlands. We usually found this katydid on short grasses or vegetations near the
ground level. Please check this page for more information.
- Reddish Meadow Katydid
- Conocephalus (Anisoptera) bilineatus, body length 20mm
- This katydid is orange-red in colour. Its wings covered half of its
abdomen. It was found in Wishart
bushland in a early winter evening. Please check this page
for more information.
- Unknown Meadow Katydid Nymph
- ?sp., body length 20mm
- Pictures were taken in Ford Road Conservation Area on Sep 2010.
Tribe Agraeciini - Spine-headed Katydids
- Spine-headed Katydid
- Nicsara spuria, nymph, female and male, body length 40mm
- On a small gum tree, we carefully opened a bundle of leaves it and found
the Spine-headed Katydid nymph hiding inside. We took the nymph home, fed it
with fresh gum leaves. Few days later, it did the final moulting and became an
adult. For more pictures and information please visit this page.
- 1. Insects
of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p382.
- 2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D
Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p94.
- 3. A Guide to the Katydids of Australia - David Rentz, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2010,
- 4. A revision of the Pacific species of
Conocephalus Thunberg (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) - Pitkin, L.M. 1980, Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 41(5): 315-355 .
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