Black-horned Tree Cricket (Oecanthus nigricornis)

Song of a Black-horned Tree Cricket (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

Black-horned Tree CricketUnique in appearance among our tree crickets, the Black-horned Tree Cricket is easily identified by the black markings found on large portions of its body and legs. This species is an inhabitant of brushy fields and roadsides, as well as bramble thickets. The males are fond of eating a hole into a leaf and then using it as a singing perch. They may also sing from the underside of leaves. They are most easily found singing in their habitat in late afternoon.

Black-horned Tree Cricket

Song: A loud, continuous trill, consisting of about 45 pulses per second, with a frequency of about 3.5 kHz. Finding a singing male in a bush is truly an exercise in patience. He falls silent when disturbed and is nearly impossible to find until he resumes singing several minutes later.

Sonogram of a Black-horned Tree Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Black-horned Tree Cricket

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
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Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
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Round-tipped Conehead
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FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
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FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
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American Shieldback
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Protean Shieldback
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Roesel’s Katydid

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