Pine Tree Cricket (Oecanthus pini)

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

Pine Tree CricketSporting a brownish red body and spruce green wings, the Pine Tree Cricket is perhaps the most beautiful of all our tree crickets. This species is found almost exclusively in conifer trees, where its coloration helps it blend in, making it exceedingly difficult to observe or capture. After strong storms, however, these crickets may sometimes be found on vegetation in the shrub layer beneath preferred pines, cedars, and other evergreens. Males typically sing from a tangle of needles. As with other tree crickets, females seek out displaying males and can often be observed crawling on nearby limbs, moving in the direction of the singer. Listening at night for a singing male in the lower branches of a pine can also be productive.

Range Map for Pine Tree Cricket

Pine Tree Cricket

Song: A continuous musical trill with about 45 pulses per second at a frequency of 3.5 kHz. Plaintive and relaxing. One of the most pleasing songs of all of the tree crickets. Often heard as the sun is setting and into the night.

Sonogram of a Pine Tree Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.

 

Pine Tree Cricket

Pine 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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