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Western Tree Cricket showing wings - Oecanthus varicornis - male

Western Tree Cricket showing wings - Oecanthus varicornis - Male
Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
September 15, 2007

Moved from Western Tree Cricket. I visited Hidalgo county again this past June -- and am now confident this is indeed Different-horned tree cricket. The deeply black antennae with pale face and deep red on the head - as well as location - all point to O. varicornis.

Well, I was just recently in Hidalgo Co.
...and recorded the song of a tree cricket which looked just like this one. Mine turned out to be a Different-horned tree cricket.

Your photo just might be moved in the future to Different-horned as well. For now I'll leave it here....again, yours is a GORGEOUS photo.


This photo is being used on the Oecanthinae Info page.
...just FYI

Moved from Snowy Tree Cricket. I'm moving this photo from Snowy to Western Tree Cricket. The head a true red color, the antennae are dark, and the hind 'knees' have an orange cast. None of these characteristics occur in Snowy -- but are found on Western Tree Crickets. Initially I thought this was a Broad-winged; but upon further review of the SINA site, the BLACK antennae are a match for the Pale variety of Western Tree Cricket. While the range maps on the SINA site do not show Westerns occurring in Texas -- tree crickets are spreading outside of these ranges. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SHOT OF THE WINGS.

This looks like a male calling -
A Beautiful photo!
I quickly googled around & found this image of a male in almost identical posture: Oecanthus fultoni .
And for the musically inclined visitors to your page, here's the site which lets you listen to the calling song, incl. one from TX: 1 .

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