The noisy Restless Bush Cricket is often heard in the hottest parts of summer, but its chirping lingers almost all year in hot humid states.
Powerful legs allow these crickets to jump away from danger, and onto food sources. Leaves and fruit from citrus trees are eaten by this species. Male Restless Bush Crickets have a bright yellow stripe on each wing. Females are completely brown.
In the warmest states in their range, the loud chirp may start as short bursts that begin to connect into one long trill. Short sequences that sound like an alarm are also created when courting. When choosing a mate, the two crickets use their antennae to determine if they make a suitable match. In other parts of their range, the males do not call for females, but may live closely enough to them that finding a mate is not difficult. When a non-calling male mates, a curious behavior is exhibited. The female is allowed to chew on his forewings, while she mates with him. It is not understood what benefit this is to the female and how detrimental it is to the male.
Scientific Name: Hapithus agitator
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 14mm (0.35in to 0.55in)
Colors: brown; yellow; black
Descriptors: two yellow lines; jumping; chirping; long back legs
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