There is an insect call that I often hear outside my window in the summer, which always sounds like a samba rhythm to me (but that’s probably just me). A while ago I identified it as a “sword-bearing conehead” (Tettigoniidae: Neoconocephalus ensiger) by listening to a CD of insect sounds. Although this is one of the more memorable common names I’ve heard for an insect, somehow I’d never gotten around to looking up what this nighttime percussionist actually looked like. But as soon as I saw this katydid sitting on my deck last September, I was sure that’s who I was looking at.
This is a female, so she wasn’t actually one of the ones I’d been hearing, but her long, sharp ovipositor is the reason for the “sword-bearing” part of the name. The “conehead” part is self-explanatory.
I thought her distinctive face was worthy of a portrait. The reddish “eyebrow” makes her seem to be glaring suspiciously at the camera.