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Species Oecanthus californicus - Western Tree Cricket

Katydid nymph? - Oecanthus californicus Oecanthus californicus Tree Cricket - Oecanthus californicus - male Life cycle - Brown form of Western tree cricket - Oecanthus californicus - male californicus - pale form - Oecanthus californicus - female Cricket on Star-thistle - Oecanthus californicus - female Is this Oecanthus texensis? - Oecanthus californicus Oecanthus nymph? - Oecanthus californicus
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 (Varicornis Group)
Species californicus (Western Tree Cricket)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Saussure 1874
Size
Length 14–18 mm - SINA
Identification
Western tree crickets are quite diverse in pattern and coloration - SINA
Red scape and pedicel (1st two antennal segments) with black antennae. Additionally, californicus often has a thin dark line on the inner edge of the ventral surface of the first two antennal segments.
Range
CA-TX-OK-ID-BC - Map - SINA
Habitat
Shrubby vegetation and low trees - SINA
Season
Apr-Nov (BG data)
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
"The tree crickets of New York: life history and bionomics" (1) is a great source for 'everything you ever wanted to know about tree crickets'
See Also
Internet References
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/walker/buzz/586a.htm - Singing Insects of North America
http://oecanthinae Tree Crickets - information and photos
Works Cited
1.The tree crickets of New York: life history and bionomics.
Bentley B. Fulton. 1915. 1915. New York Agricultural Experiment Station.