The straight-lanced meadow katydid is common in pastures, old fields, roadsides, and agricultural lands. The ovipositor of the female is remarkably long, a swordlike structure that is longer than the rest of the body. The forewings are very short. The song has been likened to a purr: a droning, relatively soft buzz that sometimes breaks into a series of rapid, skipping tics. A chorus is impressive, but a single individual may escape notice.
Learn more about this and other katydids on their group page.