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July 23, 2008

The Songs of Insects

Filed under: Books,Broods,Cicada Anatomy,Sounds — Dan @ 10:02 pm

Lately we’ve received quite a few emails asking for audio samples of cicadas and katydids so folks can A) tell them apart, and B) tell what species they are. There’s plenty of sites on the web that feature cicada sounds; look for links tagged AUDIO on my cicada links page. Two particularly good sites for sound files Massachusetts Cicadas and Cicada Central.

In my search for good cicada and katydid sounds, many people recommended the book “The Songs of Insects” by Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger. I ordered it immediately, and it arrived today. I am truly amazed by this book (and audio CD). The book profiles 75 North American singing insects including cicadas, katydids, crickets, and grasshoppers. Each profile features two excellent color photos of each insect, a map of where you can find them, a description, and the audio CD includes the insects song. The book is over 225 pages long, and a high quality paperback. If you or your kids are interested in signing insects, there’s no better book to buy. All my nieces and nephews are getting this book for Christmas.

The authors of the book have a webpage featuring the songs of the insects featured in the book. Note that the book is lacking in species found in the western U.S. — if you live east of the Rockies this book is awesome.

Listing for bugs is a fun thing to due in these hot summer months — buy this book before the summer ends.

5 Marvins 5 out of 5 Marvins.


The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott and Wil Hershberger

July 2, 2008

Video of a N. hieroglyphica pre-call

Filed under: Joe Green,Neocicada,Sounds,Video — Tags: — Dan @ 10:37 pm

Listen to this video of a Neocicada hieroglyphica pre-call by Joe Green.

N. hieroglyphica pre-call by Joe Green.

July 1, 2008

Video of M. septendecim calling

Filed under: Joe Green,Magicicada,Sounds,Video — Tags: — Dan @ 10:28 pm

Listen to these videos of Magicicada septendecim calling by Joe Green.

M. septendecim calling by Joe Green

M. septendecim calling by Joe Green.

M. septendecim calling by Joe Green

M. septendecim calling by Joe Green.

Videos of M. septendecula calling

Filed under: Joe Green,Magicicada,Sounds,Video — Tags: — Dan @ 10:25 pm

Listen to these videos of Magicicada septendecula calling by Joe Green.

M. septendecula calling by Joe Green

M. septendecula calling by Joe Green.

M. septendecula calls by Joe Green

M. septendecula calls by Joe Green.

M. septendecula calling with hum of cicadas in the background by Joe Green

M. septendecula calling with hum of cicadas in the background by Joe Green.

Videos M. cassini calling

Filed under: Joe Green,Magicicada,Sounds,Video — Tags: — Dan @ 10:21 pm

Enjoy these videos of Magicicada cassini calling by Joe Green.

M. cassini calling by Joe Green

M. cassini calling by Joe Green.

M. cassini calling by Joe Green

M. cassini calling by Joe Green.

Cicadas calling from bushes by Joe Green

Cicadas calling from bushes by Joe Green.

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