Jumping Bush Cricket (Orocharis saltator)

Song of a Jumping Bush Cricket  (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

Jumping Bush CricketOften heard but seldom seen, the light brown Jumping Bush Cricket is a common inhabitant of rural and urban backyards. Named because it will jump when disturbed, the arboreal bush cricket has a unique flattened or compressed appearance. Males sing from vine covered tree trunks or dense herbaceous growth, as well as from the crowns of trees. A careful search of tree trunks at night may reveal one singing from a partially concealed perch.

Jumping Bush Cricket

Jumping Bush Cricket

They are also fond of Boxwood plantings. Dozens of singing males might be found in a single bush. Vines that climb the walls of houses or fences is another favored haunt.

Song: A clear, brief trill or chirp, repeated at the rate of one or two per second. Neighboring males often sing at slightly different pitches, perhaps making them easier for females to locate. In late August they can be heard singing as soon as the sun goes down. Later in the season, after the first frosts, males sing from less concealed perches and may even be found on the sides of buildings near plantings. The frequency of songs is about 5 kHz.

Sonogram of a Jumping Bush Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Jumping Bush Cricket

Jumping Bush Cricket

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