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Wisconsin Oecanthinancy, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Wisconsin Oecanthinancy
City, state, country:
Southeastern Wisconsin

Totally obsessed with Tree Crickets :D

An accidentally grown sunflower on my small 3d story patio was the chosen singing spot for a male Neoxabea bipunctata in the fall of 2006. I was smitten with not only his singing; but also the fact that he had made 5 separate holes of the same size, shape and location on each of 5 leaves...which he used as a baffle to amplify the sound of his song by putting his opened wings over the hole. Amazing.

In the summer of 2008, I raised approximately 50 tree crickets in 'Oecanthinariums' in order to gain some expertise in identification of species as well as to document their behaviors. Wisconsin is apparently a great state for I have found Forbes', Snowy, Two-spotted, Four-spotted, Narrow-winged, Pine, and Davis' --- all within a one-block area from my front door.

I only study Oecanthinae...and will begin adding information to the guide pages for all species. My mission is to bring Tree Crickets to the forefront of the insect world -- since the sounds of late summer/early autumn would not be the same without them!

I'm still working on my website:

My mission is to increase awareness of, and thus popularity of, tree crickets. I have written a children's book entitled

Trixie the Tree Cricket

-- it can be purchased or downloaded at

I have also written All About Tree Crickets -- it can be purchased at

Nancy Collins

Here are new species I have helped describe:

Walker T.J. and Collins N.J. 2010. New world thermometer crickets: the Oecanthus rileyi species group and a new species from North America. Orthoptera Journal of Research. 19: 371-376.

Collins N. and Symes L. 2012. Oecanthus walkeri: a new species of tree cricket from Texas. Orthoptera Journal of Research. 21(1): 51-56.

Symes L. and Collins N. 2013. Oecanthus texensis: A New Species of Tree Cricket from the Western United States. Journal of Orthoptera Research, 22(2):87-91

Collins N., Vandenberghe, E. and Carson, L. 2014. Two New Species of Neoxabea, Three New Species of Oecanthus, and Documentation of Two Other Species in Nicaragua (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Oecanthinae) Transactions of the Entomological Society, 140(1):163-184.

Collins N, Coronado González IM, Govaerts BVA (2019) Oecanthus mhatreae sp. nov. (Gryllidae: Oecanthinae): A new species of tree cricket from Mexico, with an irregular song pattern and unique chirp-like trill configuration. Journal of Orthoptera Research 28(2): 137-143.

Collins, N. & K.R. Schneider. 2020. Oecanthus salvii sp. nov. (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Oecanthinae): A new tree cricket species from Modoc County in northeast California. Jour. Orth. Res. 29(1):93

Collins, N., Coronado González, Rocha-Sánchez, Govaerts & Hershberger. Oecanthus rohiniae sp. nov. (Gryllidae: Oecanthinae): A new chirping tree cricket of the rileyi species group from Mexico. Jour. Orth. Res. 30(1):8[url/]

Collins, N. & Velazco-Macias. 2021. Neoxabea mexicana sp. nov. (Gryllidae: Oecanthinae): A new species from Mexico and a key for Neoxabea in North and Central America. Jour. Orth. Res. 30(2):100 [url]

Collins, N. & Lightfoot. 2022. A new species of tree cricket (Orthoptera, Gryllidae, Oecanthinae) from Chihuahuan Desert gypsum dunes in the United States and a key to the nigricornis species group. Jour. Orth. Res. 31(2):183