Sunday, 16 September 2007

Long-winged Conehead (Conocephalus discolor)

Adult male Long-winged Conehead (subspecies C. d. fuscus) at Geddington, Northants - July 2011

OTHER NAMES: Long-winged Field Katydid
Featured Subspecies: Conocephalus discolor fuscus
Wingspan: N/A
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

Firstly to clarify this, though this individual may very distinctly have short wings, it is not a fully grown adult and thus has not developed them yet (which lead to a bit of confusion while I was trying to identify it).  Initially confined to the South of the Country, Global Warming has actually allowed this particular species to expand it's range by making our climate more level with that of the Continental temperatures it is more suited to.  Distinctive features include the dark stripe on the back and the proportionally enormously long antennae.

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Conocephalus
SUBSPECIES: C. d. fuscus, C.d. cyprius

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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