I heard a song of a night-singing insect while I was sitting around a campfire with some friends. The song was loud and long. I briefly left the campfire to hunt down the source of the peculiar sound. In the weeds beside the lane I found this very unusual-looking insect.... an Eastern Swordbearer, Neoconocephalus ensiger.
The Eastern Swordbearer is a coneheaded katydid that looks like a grasshopper with a pointy head.
I made a point, in my previous post, to mention that I have a video of this unusual-looking insect signing. So, here is the video of that singing katydid - a singing Eastern Swordbearer. The video has only a little portion of the katydid's song, since it is a very long and monotonous song.
I took some photos of this katydid to, pointedly, emphasize its pointy head.
I wonder what the purpose (the point) is for that fantastic cone.... that conical fastigium of vertex?
Protection... as in a horn? Camouflage... to blend in with the grass?
Did you ever think about what kind of bizarre,wild-eyed creatures may be lurking in the weeds along the roadside when your car lights strafe the weeds?