badlands cricket
Gryllus personatus Uhler 1864


10 s of calling song [860 KB]; male from Badlands National Park, Jackson Co., S. D.; 26.5°C. Recording by D. B. Weissman (S97-90, R97-126); used by permission.
5 s of calling song [220 KB]; same as above but downsampled and truncated. [Recording by D. B. Weissman; used by permission.]

Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 26.5°C (from D. B. Weissman's S97-90, R97-126). Dominant frequency 4.4 kHz.
Click on spectrogram to hear graphed song.

David Weissman, who is currently revising the species of Gryllus from the western and central United States, suggested the name "badlands cricket" for G. personatus because it is fairly common in cracks in very clay-like soils, where no other Gryllus occurs. Weissman's revision will describe the song, morphology, life cycle, and geographical and ecological distribution of G. personatus in relation to the many other western species.

More information:  subfamily Gryllinae, genus Gryllus

Nomenclature:  OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online)