Davis’s Tree Cricket (Oecanthus exclamationis)

Song of a Davis’s Tree Cricket (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

Davis’s Tree CricketArboreal in habits, the pale and lovely Davis’s Tree Cricket resides high in trees and is difficult to find and collect, though well worth the effort. Violent thunderstorms may shake or knock them from their perches, and searching for them in the shrub layer after such a storm can be productive. Ocassionally, a male can be found singing low enough to observe or capture with the help of a stepladder. In residential settings, this species is especially fond of dogwood trees. It was named after American entomologist William T. Davis (1862–1945).

Davis’s Tree Cricket

Song: A mellow but rapid trill, irregularly interrupted by short pauses. The trill rate is about 65 pulses per second, given at a frequency of 2.5 kHz. The song is heard from late evening into the night. The mellow nature of the song and it’s presence in deciduous woodlands creates a lovely end to the day in these habitats.

Sonogram of a Davis’s Tree Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Davis’s Tree 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
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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