Two-spotted Tree Cricket (Neoxabea bipunctata)

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

Two-spotted Tree CricketThe Two-spotted Tree Cricket is an arboreal species attracted to dense vegetation, especially thick stands of young trees, where males sing from the underside of broad leaves. Generally stays well off the ground, making this species difficult to observe or collect. This is the largest tree cricket in our area, however, and they can be plentiful. It is easily recognized by its reddish body with tan wings and legs. The common name is derived from the fact that females usually have two prominent dark spots on their wings.

Range Map for Two-spotted Tree Cricket

Two-spotted Tree Cricket

Song: A plaintive, dissonant, buzzy trill at about 3.5 kHz, with a distinctive pulsing quality. The pulse rate is about 110 per second. Trills may be continuous, but they are usually
marked by brief pauses occurring every few seconds or so. Trills are sometimes preceded by stuttering notes. During mating, the male produces a series of high-pitched clicks and scrapes that sound nothing like their typical song.

Sonogram of a Two-spotted Tree Cricket. © Wil Hershberger.


Two-spotted Tree Cricket

Two-spotted Tree Cricket

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
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
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Handsome Meadow Katydid
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Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
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Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
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True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
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False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
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):
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid


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