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Snowy Tree Cricket (ringtone)

© Dennis Hysom (audio)
Snowy Tree Cricket, Oecanthus fultoni
Once a female cricket selects a mate, she approaches, nudges the male until he stops singing, and initiates mating. The Snowy Tree Cricket's call is a continuous trill. Pitch and harmonics are higher in warmer temperature—so the old story about determining the temperature from a cricket's chirp may have had some truth to it. After mating, the female cuts pin-like holes in thin bark of woody branches, dabs excrement inside, embeds her eggs in it, and coats them with a protective secretion. As is often the case in nature, nothing goes to waste, not even waste! Learn more about this species
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