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Our new blog covers all aspects of the natural world that include sounds. From the songs of birds, and frogs to the chirping of crickets and the rasping of katydids, you will find high quality content to enlighten and entertain.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Wil and Lang
With spring coming to the mid-latitudes singing insect enthusiasts should refresh their knowledge of the songs of the early singers.
The Spring field cricket is certainly the first that we will hear singing from south facing slopes in mid to late May. In June the Protean shieldbacks will sing from their grassy homes at the end of the day.
It will be wonderful to have our singing orthopteran friends back with us as the season progresses.
We hope to see you there,
Wil and Lang
The University of Florida’s entomology and nematology departments have awarded our website, “Songsofinsects.com” their “Best of the Bugs” status stating that our site is one of the top 5% of insect related websites for it’s exceptional educational value. We are proud as can be that we were selected for this award and we would like to thank the University of Florida for this wonderful accolade.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the audio CD, “Insect Concertos,” is now available for purchase.
Please follow this link to our web page where you can order your copy today.
This work has no narration and showcases the beautiful sounds of nature with no added music or words. The 9 tracks take you from woodlands to goldenrod fields, from lake side, to mountain side. We know that this CD will bring hours of listening pleasure to you and much needed relaxation.
Thank you very much for your interest and enjoy,
On July 6, 2007 I and several people heard cicadas singing from wooded areas in eastern West Virginia.
Among the singers were Swamp cicada, Tibicen chloromera, and Davis’s Southeastern Dog-day Cicada, Tibicen cannicularis.
This seems early to us. Are you hearing cicadas? Let us know when, where and what species.
Click on the species names above to hear these cicada’s songs.
Davis’s Southeastern Dog-day Cicada
The least shieldback, Atlanticus monticola, has been heard singing as far north as Ithaca NY. This is a fascinating species and careful observers should keep their eyes and ears open for this species. Typically least shieldbacks are brown. A few green backed individuals were found in northern VA. No one had ever seen any Atlanticus species with green coloration until that specimen was found. Keep a sharp eye out to see if we, as a group, can find more of these green-backed songsters. Click here to hear the least shieldback.
Our book had hit #3 in the books/Nature and Outdoors/Reference section.
We are extremely pleased to see that our book is of interest to so many people. Hopefully our vision of creating a new aesthetic for the appreciation of singing insects and the choruses that produce will come to fruition.
Thank you all very much,
Wil and Lang
Careful listeners will notice that there is a new song in the mix in the mid-latitudes. This swishy songster is the Protean Shieldback. Listen for them late in the day about an hour before sunset singing from grassy areas and roadsides. They start singing on the ground and as the light fades they move up into the taller vegetation or small tress. They might look fierce but they are harmless. Their song is very pleasing and a great note to end the day on.
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Click here to listen to the song of the Protean Shieldback
We were just informed that our book was at #34 on Sunday June 3. Wow!
Thank you all for your support and interest.
Wil and Lang