"Cone-headed Grasshopper at Big Cypress WMA"

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL

This is a photograph of a Cone-headed grasshopper at Big Cypress WMA, Collier County, Florida. The photo was taken with a Nikon d80 and Nikkor 60mm lens.

Cone-headed grasshopper Trivia:

FAMILY

Long-horned Grasshoppers and Katydids Family Description

DESCRIPTION

The Cone-head Grasshoppers are members of the Long-horned Grasshopper family (family Tettigoniidae). These large insects, 1/2-3″ (14-75 mm) long, have extremely long antennae and 4-segmented tarsi. Males have flat, round hearing organs called tympana located at the base of the front tibiae. Females have flat, swordlike ovipositors. Long-horned grasshoppers range from dark brown to greenish hues. Many members of this large family are known for their songs. Most live in forest trees and shrubs, where they feed on leaves. A few species prey on insects. Eggs are inserted into plant tissues, where they usually overwinter. The Cone-head Grasshoppers are in the subfamily Copiphorinae and are recognized by their prolonged heads that are cone-like in form and their long, sword-shaped ovipositors. Conehead grasshoppers are often well-camouflaged and difficult to find.

Subject Photo exif Data

Camera Make and Model NIKON D80

Photo taken on August 1, 2009, 7:21 pm

Focal Length 60mm

Shutter Speed 1/125

Aperture @ƒ/8

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11 thoughts on “Cone-headed Grasshopper

  1. 2010/05/Cone-Headed-Grasshopper.jpg Is not a photo of a grasshopper Orthoptera it is a Hemiptera or a true bug. you can tell by the mouth and the antennae. I thought you should know. It’s a rely cool insect!

  2. Nice pic, but it is no grasshopper at all nor nearly, no matter how cone-headed! It definitely is in the order Hemiptera suborder Heteroptera, one of the “true bugs”. You can read about them on Wikipedia and elsewhere. I have never seen that one so I can’t be sure, especially without having seen it from above, but if anyone said it is an Assassin bug (Reduviidae) I couldn’t call him a liar.
    Cheers,
    Jon

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