The two dark spots on the top of the female Two-Spotted Tree Cricket and its green legs help distinguish this jumper from its relatives.
Like other crickets, the Two-Spotted Tree Cricket is a great hopper and stays in low foliage. Males do not have the two spots on their dorsal side. After mating, males hang from a branch or stem and lift their wings to expose glands that secrete a substance that the female eggs before laying her eggs. Females use an ovipositor to pierce through stems and implant fertilized eggs. Nymphs are small and darker in color than adults. They can be seen posing with the abdomen curved upward.
Look and listen for these crickets in woodlands after sunset. Males puncture leave and move their wings against them to increase their volume. Each trill is long and constant with a quick pause between them.
Scientific Name: Neoxabea bipunctata
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 22mm (0.55in to 0.86in)
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