Sound Ideas: Green-striped Grasshopper

by Carl Strang

We are within two months of the start of the singing insect season in the Chicago region. Opening day is marked by the first displays of the green-striped grasshopper.

Male green-striped grasshopper

Male green-striped grasshopper (females usually are green)

These grasshoppers get their early start because they overwinter as nymphs, and so can mature quickly in the spring. Their displays, which qualify them as singing insects, consist of short flights in which they rattle their wings, producing a buzzing sound:

That this is a display is demonstrated by the fact that when they are flying to avoid the pursuit of a possible predator, they do not make that sound.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa Rainsong said,

    March 24, 2015 at 6:35 am

    My recordings of Bobolinks often include the Northern Green-striped Grasshoppers that share their meadows. The two sounds are happily paired for me.

  2. May 6, 2015 at 5:52 am

    […] you want to listen for the crackling-wing songs of these grasshoppers, I posted a recording HERE not too long ago. They show up in all kinds of grassy […]


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