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 #1: Will be sending specimens to David Funk to confirm the ID.
EDIT #2: David Funk confirmed the ID of A. tinnulacita on these Ithaca males, which will be deposited in the FSCA. I will be checking the site this fall again to see if the population made it through an Ithaca winter.
EDIT #3: They are still here (Sept 15, 2018), in the same clumps of ornamental bushes, although there seem to be less calling males than last year. This is a heavily traversed part of central campus - it's funny to see all the people walking by with no clue that this interesting little population of Anaxipha is even here.
EDIT #4: Plenty of males calling in 2019 - still in the same bushes only (Sept 10, 2019). In late August this year, there were just a few males calling, which led me to suspect that the population was crashing. Now in mid-September, there are many. It looks like most of the males are not mature until fall in this area, and that their populations fluctuate a bit from year to year.
EDIT #5: Just 2 males calling on Oct 23, 2020, still in the same bushes. Hadn't had a chance to check on the population this year before now.