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Species Oecanthus quadripunctatus - Four-spotted Tree Cricket

Four-spotted tree cricket instar - Oecanthus quadripunctatus Insect 7818 - Oecanthus quadripunctatus - female Tree cricket - Oecanthus quadripunctatus Oecanthus? - Oecanthus quadripunctatus Oecanthus M&F on composite - Oecanthus quadripunctatus - male - female Four-spotted Tree Cricket - Oecanthus quadripunctatus - female Oecanthus quadripunctatus - female Oecanthus quadripunctatus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Gryllidea (Crickets)
Family Gryllidae (True Crickets)
Subfamily Oecanthinae (Tree Crickets)
Genus Oecanthus (Common Tree Crickets)
No Taxon (Nigricornis Group)
Species quadripunctatus (Four-spotted Tree Cricket)
Identification

The outer marks on first and second antennal segments usually less heavily pigmented than inner marks; outer mark on first segment is usually round. (Compared to Black-horned TC which has equally pigmented inside and outside marks -- and which never has a ' spot ' on the outer portion of the 1st segment -- rather it has a horizontal flag).
Range
This is the only species of Tree Cricket documented as being found in all 48 states of the contiguous United States.
Habitat
This species is the most consistently found close to the ground of all 17 tree cricket species found in the U.S. and Canada. Generally found on grasses, plants and weeds less than 3 feet above ground -- and often less than 1 foot above ground.
Season
Typically hatch in June and mate in September and October -- depending on location.
Life Cycle
Undergo a paurometabolous development (Gradual Metamorphosis). Nymphs resemble small adults and gradually develop external wing buds. They live in the same habitat as adults, typically taking the same food.
Remarks
A great source for 'everything you ever wanted to know about tree crickets' is an article written in May 1915 by Bentley B. Fulton in a Technical Bulletin for the New York Agricultural Experiment Station. The Tree Crickets of New York: Life History and Bionomics
Internet References
http://oecanthinae Tree Crickets - information and photos