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    Two-Spotted Tree Cricket - (Neoxabea bipunctata)

    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.

    Picture of Two-Spotted Tree Cricket
    Staff Writer (8/23/2017): 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.

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    Two-Spotted Tree Cricket

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Two-Spotted Tree Cricket
    Scientific Name: Neoxabea bipunctata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Gryllidae
           Genus: Neoxabea
            Species: bipunctata

    Size (Adult, Length): 14mm to 22mm (0.55in to 0.87in)

    Identifying Colors: white, brown, green

    Additional Descriptors: green, legs, jumping, hopping, two-toned, bicolor, spots

    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; Mexico

    * 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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