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:
Long-horned Grasshoppers and Katydids Family 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.