Broad-winged Tree Cricket (Oecanthus latipennis)

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

insect_musicians_oecan-latip_WHa_DIGI_ab_abNamed for its elegant, wide wings, the Broad-winged Tree Cricket sounds off in fields of coarse weeds from August through first frost. Favorite plants include goldenrod and bramble. A pleasing visual mix of cream-colored body and legs, light green wings, and reddish accents on the head and the base of the antennae combine to make this tree cricket stand out. Males sing from perches where they are able to use the surrounding vegetation to augment and direct their songs. They are often found low in the vegetation in the crotch of overlapping leaves, or else singing from a hole they have chewed in a leaf.

Broad-winged Tree Cricket

Song: Perhaps the loudest of the tree crickets. Males can be heard from 200 feet away or more. Songs are pure-toned continuous trills that are rarely interrupted, with a main frequency of about 3 kHz and a pulse rate of about 25 per second. Males sing mostly at night, but after a light frost later in the season, they will sing early in the evening before the sunset.

Sonogram of a Broad-winged Tree Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Broad-winged Tree Cricket

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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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
Common Meadow Katydid
Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Lesser Pine Meadow Katydid
Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
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
Lesser Angle-wing
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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