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Texas tree cricket

Oecanthus texensis Symes & Collins 2013

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map male female mating pair
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calling male male antennae  
11 s of calling song; male from Howard Co., Tex.; 24.8°C. (WTL577-4)
spectrogram
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Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 24.8°C (WTL577-4). Dominant frequency 3.8 kHz.
Song at 25°C: Continuous, musical trill at 41 p/s and 3.8 KHz.
Song data: Excel worksheet and chart (from spectrographic analyses).
Identification: Length 16-17 mm. Most easily differentiated from other species of the varicornis species group by the pulse rate of its calling song and known geographical distribution.
Similar species: Differs from O. californicus in the puse rate of its calling song and in geographical distribution.
Habitat: Desert, prairie, weedy fields, young secondary forest. Within these habitats specimens have been located on small trees, shrubs, and woody vines including walnut, pinyon pine, mesquite, Osage orange, young oaks, and greenbriar.
Season: Adults have been collected from May through September. Annually there is probably only one generation of adults.
More information:
genus Oecanthus, subfamily Oecanthinae.
References: Symes & Collins 2013 (Supplementary Materials). Collins 2010-date.
Nomenclature: OSFO2 (Orthoptera Species File Online).
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