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Anaxipha tinnulacita - male

Anaxipha tinnulacita - Male
Cornell Campus, Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
September 16, 2017
On September 15th as I was walking back to my dorm I noticed an odd cricket call on central campus. It sounded a bit like Allonemobius allardi but something was off. I tracked the singing down to some ornamental Rhus aromatica, where I caught only a glimpse of the singer before he vanished from sight. It was clearly an Anaxipha, but not A. exigua (which is abundant on campus). I wasted a few hours trying to find another one with no luck.

Returning the next evening with some friends, I managed to collect 4 males and 2 females. All were singing from ornamental bushes in the middle of central campus, most of them recently planted on the Ag quad. After comparing morphology, range, and song to Walker & Funk 2014 (Revision of north american Anaxipha), I have concluded that these are A. tinnulacita, quite a bit further north than reported in that paper. I suspect they were brought in with the recently planted shrubbery. Some more evidence for this hypothesis is the fact that I found a single male of Orchelimum nigripes (not supposed to be in Ithaca either) in these same plants.

I have emailed Dr. Walker to let him know of this find. The trigs seem to be well established and it'll be interesting to see if they persist in this area.
EDIT: Will be sending specimens to David Funk to confirm the ID.

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