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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tree Cricket (Oecanthus)

At first I thought that this was a katydid with its long legs but I had never seen a brown one before and was puzzled.
After searching through my book, I found it to be a Tree Cricket. They are very small, body length about ½ an inch. All have wings and are capable of flight. The most interesting things about them is that their chirp rate is temperature dependent and can be used to identify the species. Leaves are used as cones to amplify the mating chirp, one species calling from just behind a small hole gnawed in a leaf.

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