Southeastern Field Cricket (Gryllus rubens)

Song of a Southeastern Field Cricket (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_gryllus-ruben_WH_DIGIResembling a small Fall or Spring Field Cricket, the Southeastern Field Cricket is one of only two North American field cricket species that produce a continuous trill (the other is Gryllus texensis, a look-alike western species). These crickets can have either long wings or short wings. Not well studied, this species was recently found in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, a range extension of several hundred miles.

Southeastern Field Cricket

Southeastern Field Cricket

The Southeastern Field Cricket is very common in the southern portion of its range and is the most numerous field cricket in Florida. It favors disturbed grassy areas. The underwings are often longer than the body, giving these crickets an odd appearance. One might even mistake a male, such as the one pictured to the left, for a female because the protruding under-wings resemble a female’s ovipositor.

Song: A continuous musical trill, sometimes given smoothly, but often interrupted by short pauses that give it a stuttering quality. The dominant frequency of the song is approximately 5 kHz.

Sonogram of a Southeastern Field Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Southeastern Field Cricket

Southeastern Field Cricket

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Agile Meadow Katydid
Black-legged Meadow Katydid
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Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
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True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
Rattler Round-winged Katydid
Oblong-winged Katydid
Great Angle-wing
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Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Curved-tailed Bush Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Northern Bush Katydid
Texas Bush Katydid
Treetop Bush Katydid
Shield-backed Katydids (Tettigoniinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid

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