Nancy Collins

Joined: Feb 08, 2018 Last Active: Dec 13, 2018

My website is www.oecanthinae.com

Key to Tree Crickets encountered in the U.S. http://www.wisentsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Key-for-Tree-Crickets-encountered-in-U.S..pdf

I am a citizen scientist, actually tree cricket specialist might be a better description.

I am active on BugGuide.net under Wisconsin Oecanthinancy. I have contributed data and photos to the Singing Insects of North America website. I have been working on adding data available on the Orthoptera Species File section for Oecanthinae.

My mentor is Dr. Thomas J. Walker, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida-Gainesville.

I am a member of the Wisconsin Entomological Society and the Orthopterists Society.

I became enamored by a singing male Two-legged Tree Cricket in 2006, and have been obsessed with tree crickets ever since. I have co-authored four description papers for Oecanthines, and have co-described seven new species (2 in the U.S. and 5 in Nicaragua).

I have written two books: Trixie the Tree Cricket http://www.lulu.com/shop/nancy-collins/trixie-the-tree-cricket/ebook/product-17381866.html and All About Tree Crickets https://www.amazon.com/about-Tree-Crickets-Nancy-Collins/dp/147870134X

My mission is to increase awareness of small delicate insects that are often heard but seldom known. If not in your own yard, if you've heard trilling or chirping in the background of a movie or TV show, set in a warm summer night, chances are you've heard a tree cricket.

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