Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Oecanthus latipennis Riley, 1881 - Broad-Winged Tree Cricket


Taxonomy
Family: Gryllidae Subfamily: Oecanthinae Tribe: Oecanthini
Comments: One of eighteen species in this genus that occur in North America north of Mexico (SINA, 2018), eight of which have been recorded in North Carolina
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide, Google ImagesSINA 592a.htm                                                                                  
Singing Behavior: Songs consist of continuous trills; at 77 F (25 C), the pulse rate is about 54 pulses per second and the dominant frequency about 3.1 kHz (SINA).

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Distribution in North Carolina
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Adult Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Latipennis is usually associated with low shrubby or weedy vegetation. Fulton (1915) observed it weedy places, including flower beds and shrubs growing around buildings. Walker (1963) describes it as frequently abundant in dense vines and coarse weeds growing along forest-field ecotones and roadsides, as well as out in weedy old fields themselves. He also notes that it is commonly found associated with scrubby oaks growing in dry open woods.
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See also Habitat Account for Successional Fields
Status in North Carolina
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Image Gallery for Oecanthus latipennis - Broad-Winged Tree Cricket

Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Cabarrus Co.
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Recorded by: Kenneth Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Recorded by: Steve Hall and Dee Stuckey
Orange Co.
Comment: 19:56, ~79 F; 50 pulses/sec
Recorded by: Steve Hall and Dee Stuckey
Orange Co.
Comment: calling from tall herbs; 34 pulses per sec at 68 F
Recorded by: E. Corey
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: E. Corey
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: E. Corey
Washington Co.
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Recorded by: ASH
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: FKW
Gates Co.
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Recorded by: Scott Bolick
Guilford Co.
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1 Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Cabarrus Co.
2020-11-20
calling near the ground in weedy vegetation bordering a marsh during the day, 62 F, 37 pulses per second, 2.5 kHz
2 Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
2020-09-11
the call came from the individual photographed, 79F, 10:35 pm, 0.7 m high from the underside of a common milkweed leaf
3 Recorded by: Ken Kneidel
Cabarrus Co.
2019-12-04
Calling from near the ground in a clear-cut field, 58F at 2:45pm. Pulse rate = 28/sec.