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A male Fast-calling tree cricket clings to the underside of a leaf as he raises his wings to sing.  (This photo is turned for easier viewing.)

He will position himself, sometimes walking backwards, so the female has easy access to his metanotal gland.

The wings begin to slide rapidly over one another to produce a song - continuous trillling.


The female moves forward to sip from his metanotal gland.

As the female feeds, the male arches his abodomen upward and 'grasps' the female with his claspers.
























This photo shows the contortions the female undergoes to receive the spermatophore.


The pair hang onto the underside of a leaf while mating.
























This photo shows a male Forbes' tree cricket and a female Black-Horned tree cricket.





The two were kept outdoors inside a mesh net around a goldenrod plant. Generally, different species do not mate since the females search for males with the proper song pulse rate for their same species. This photo does show that a spermatophore was transferred. Perhaps with no other suitors are available or perhaps this male was particularly aggressive - this different species female accepted the spermatophore. The stem was brought indoors the following summer; however, no nymphs emerged.