Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 3 September 2010 17:10

Whilst running a course on botanical survey techniques today at Woods Mill I found a load of these guys in the little meadow. Well, not the above image but the ones below. Short-winged Coneheads (first photo) are more restricted now than Long-winged Coneheads (second photo) that I see everywhere. Short-wings are more of a wetland/salt-marsh species, they have, unsurprisingly, short wings but the ovipositor is also quite curved and relatively broad (like a scimitar). Long-winged wings reach past the abdomen and, although the ovipositor leaves the abdomen at a slight angle, it is mostly straight (like a sword). I cannot separate them on song though, given they are on the threshold of hearing!

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