soft song, poor recording, singing from canopy at ~3pm; temp ~84F; think it is Neocicada hieroglyphica; could use confirmation; 2 individuals heard
This is a typical color form of a male Short-winged Green Grasshopper, Dichromorpha viridis. This is a common species in damp meadows, even lawns.
The Admirable Grasshopper, Syrbula admirabilis, exhibits strong sexual dimorphism: males and females look very different. This was an abundant species during our trip to Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.
The Tropical House Cricket, Gryllodes sigillatus, is an introduced species to the U.S. Note the extra-long cerci (tail-like appendages), and black "belt" around its middle.
This tiny insect is a male Red-headed Bush Cricket, Phyllopalpus pulchellus. He generates a very loud tinkling song for such a small animal.
I recorded this sound taking a walk at approximately 10:15 pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2013. These insect sounds were coming from a very tall, thick patch of grass near a culvert/drainage area by the sidewalk. Likely there are multiple species present in the recording.
This is a pilot for what we hope will become a coordinated effort to document the distribution of calling insects using recordings as primary vouchers. The emphasis will be on collecting records at the county level, but there is no reason that multiple records at much smaller scales can't be recorded for parks, refuges, and personal projects.