Carolina Ground Cricket (Eunemobius carolinus)

Song of a Carolina Ground Cricket (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

Carolina Ground CricketAconstant companion to grigologists throughout our region (a grigologist is someone who studies crickets, katydids, and cicadas), the widespread Carolina Ground Cricket can be found in almost every terrestrial habitat. They are very cold tolerant and will be the last ground cricket singing as winter wraps its icy grip on the land. The song is surprisingly loud for such a small cricket, and getting a good location on a singer can be difficult. They can ofen be capured by turning over rocks or other debris in the vicinity of a singing male.

Carolina Ground Cricket

Carolina Ground Cricket

Carolina Ground Crickets range over most of the United States and are absent only from the northwestern-most states; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Song: A rapid, buzzy trill with a stumbling or sputtering quality, as if the singer is never quite able to get on track. This wavering quality is due to slight variations in loudness as well as pulse rate. Pulses are delivered at about 50–60 per second (four or five times faster than the Allard’s Ground Cricket) with a frequency of around 6 kHz.

Sonogram of a Carolina Ground Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Carolina Ground Cricket

Carolina Ground 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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