Singing Insects Guide 2017

by Carl Strang

The main product of my singing insects research is a guide, Singing Insects of the Chicago Region. Each year I update the guide with new information from the field season just past. The Chicago region for this project includes 22 counties from southeastern Wisconsin around to Berrien County, Michigan. Singing insects are defined here as the cicadas, crickets, katydids, and members of three grasshopper subfamilies with sound displays that people can hear (though the songs of some are so high pitched that only young people can hear them unaided). There are around 100 species, though some I haven’t found outside historical records.

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The guide is available for free as a highly compressed PDF document that nevertheless occupies over 5MB, thanks to the many photos. There are maps showing current and historical county records, graphical devices indicating seasonal and time-of-day information, and descriptions of the insects and their songs. Information is presented as well on conservation concerns and ongoing range expansions. To receive the current version of the guide and get on the mailing list for future updates, send your request to me at wildlifer@aol.com.

Updated Singing Insects Guide

by Carl Strang

In 2015 I completed my 10th year of studying the singing insects of the Chicago region, and have begun to distribute the species guide that is the project’s main product. The Chicago region for this project includes 22 counties from southeastern Wisconsin around to Berrien County, Michigan. Singing insects are defined here as the cicadas, crickets, katydids, and members of two grasshopper subfamilies with sound displays that people can hear (though the songs of some are so high pitched that only young people can hear them unaided). There are around 100 species, though some I haven’t found outside historical records. I update the guide each year, and this year’s version just reached 100 pages.

Title page 2016

The guide is available for free as a highly compressed PDF document that nevertheless occupies over 5MB, thanks to the many photos. There are maps showing current and historical county records, graphical devices indicating seasonal and time-of-day information, and descriptions of the insects and their songs. Information is presented as well on conservation concerns and ongoing range expansions. To receive the current version of the guide and get on the mailing list for future updates, send your request to me at wildlifer@aol.com.

Singing Insects Guide Updated

by Carl Strang

Each year I update my guide to the singing insects of the Chicago region. This year’s pdf edition is up to 3.5mb, with the addition of a number of new species pages and corresponding reduction in the hypotheticals section.

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If you are not on the mailing list and wish to receive a free copy, send an e-mail request to my work address, cstrang@dupageforest.org

 

Singing Insect Guide Available

by Carl Strang

The latest update of my guide to the singing insects of the Chicago region is ready to be sent out to those who want it. Yesterday I forwarded it to those already on the mailing list. If you want a copy of this free 2-3meg pdf file, simply send a request to me at my work address, cstrang@dupageforest.com. The guide is quite a bit different from last year’s version. I have added a number of photos, added several species pages, and added range maps.

Here is an example page from the guide, for the snowy tree cricket.

Here is an example page from the guide, for the snowy tree cricket.

I wasn’t going to add the maps this year, but decided that they are an incomplete component of an incomplete guide, so why not? The number of species with pages in the main text now is up to 66. The hypotheticals section has information on an additional 12 species.

I am also sending out my draft protocol for singing insects monitoring to those who request the guide.

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