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    Red-Headed Bush Cricket - (Phyllopalpus pulchellus)

    Three bright, bold colors, a pair of fighting 'fists' and a loud, distinct call are part of the Red-Headed Bush Crickets repertoire.

    Staff Writer (8/23/2017): The obvious identification markers for the Red-Headed Bush Cricket are its bright red head, black body, and yellow legs. These colors are noticeable in the the cricket world considering most crickets are brown or black, allowing them to better blend into the thatch and grass. They have palps in front of the head, which look like a short set of antennae.
    These palps have bulges, or knobs, that look like padded boxing gloves at the end of them, which they constantly move around when they are anxious or excited.

    Females have a long curved spine that extends from the tip of the abdomen. This is an ovipositor, (crickets don't have stingers), and it is used to deposit eggs into the soil to increase their odds of survival. Males make high-pitched trills to females in the area and in the eastern part of the continent, the sound is a familiar one in summertime. The trill is created by rubbing its wings together at the base. One wing has a set of plates called a "file"; the other wing has a flat "scraper" that runs along the plates in the "file" create the noise. (The motion is similar to flipping pages in a book, or cards in a deck.)

    Red-Headed Bush Crickets are active all spring and summer. They can be found in areas with tall grasses or bushes. Look and listen for them about 1 meter (3 feet) above ground level.

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    Red-Headed Bush Cricket

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Red-Headed Bush Cricket
    Scientific Name: Phyllopalpus pulchellus
    Other Names: Handsome Trig

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Gryllidae
           Genus: Phyllopalpus
            Species: pulchellus

    Size (Adult, Length): 7mm to 9mm (0.28in to 0.35in)

    Identifying Colors: red, black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: chirp, song, loud, tricolor, jumping, flying, knobs, bumps

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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