Monday, August 20, 2012

An Extraordinary Cricket Song

Our cat apparently thinks that listening to crickets sing is worthy backyard entertainment.
 Not only was Kitty listening to the cricket's song, but he was also watching the cricket as it sang from the crack between the stones.
I too, have watched crickets sing... and I'm impressed with their sound production techniques.  Field crickets, like Kitty was intently watching, have different methods of projecting their sounds than the elusive tree crickets I've been chasing with my camera.  Both kinds of crickets have impressive means of singing out for mates.
   I've recently been taking photos of crickets singing... like this tree cricket in the picture below.  The photo illustrates the remarkable things tree crickets do as they sing.  My next post will focus on tree cricket songs.
   On summer days and evenings when the air is filled with cricket sounds, I like to ponder the acoustical engineering feats of the various crickets.  I like to know "the how" of each cricket sound... then each cricket song becomes extraordinary.
An Extraordinary Cricket song, Part II


  1. Oh Dana, you've outdone yourself this time. I love all those shots. I think my favourite is the view under the rock of the cricket's legs ... that one really made me smile.

    In the last shot are his wings sorta backwards over his head ?

    1. Sybil,
      We'll thank the cat for helping with the subject matter for this post. : ) My boy says, "It's not just an ordinary cat."
      In the last photo, the tree cricket has its wings raised almost perpendicular to its body... an eye-catching part of tree cricket's sound projection techniques.