Four-spotted Tree Cricket (Oecanthus quadripunctatus)

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

insect_musicians_oecan-quad_WH_DIGI_aNamed for the four spots at the base of its antenna, the Four-Spotted Tree Cricket is greenish brown in color and is an inhabitant of fields of coarse weeds. This widespread species can be very common, and is markedly tolerant of minor disturbances and lights. It is rewarding to find these lovely tree crickets in a meadow at night and watch a male singing at close range. You may also notice an approaching female and be lucky enough to observe the entire mating sequence.

Range Map for Four-spotted Tree Cricket

Four-spotted Tree Cricket

Four-spotted Tree Cricket base of antennae.

Base of antennae.

Song: A continuous trill of about 40 pulses per second at a frequency of 4 kHz. Given both day and night.
 
 
 
 
 

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

 

Four-spotted Tree Cricket

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