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broad-winged tree cricket

Oecanthus latipennis Riley 1881

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map male male female
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mating pair head male juvenile
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eggs prey of wasp male  
20 s of calling song; male from Dillon Co., S. Car.; 22.0°C. (WTL592-1)
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Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 22.0°C (from WTL592-1). Dominant frequency 2.9 kHz.
Song at 25°C: Loud, musical, continuous trill at 54 p/sec and 3.1 KHz.
Identification: Length 17–22 mm. Male forewings usually more than 14 mm. long; bases of the antennae stained with red or pink.
Similar species: Texas and western tree crickets—3rd segment of the antennae usually much darker than the 2nd; frequently a distinct dark line on the inner edge of first two antennal segments; male tegmina usually less than 14 mm.
Habitat: Shrubs and low trees in dry woods; thickets of vines, brambles, and coarse weeds along woodland edges and fencerows.
Season: Matures later than other tree crickets—mid August in the north, mid July in the south; active until frost kills.
More information:
genus Oecanthus, subfamily Oecanthinae.
References: Fulton 1915; Funk 1989; Walker 1962. Collins 2010-date.
Nomenclature: OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online)
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