variable field cricket
Gryllus lineaticeps Stal 1858


11 s of calling song [968 KB]; male from Jasper Ridge, San Mateo Co., Calif.; 25.0C. Recording by D. B. Weissman (S92-44, R92-11); used by permission.
5 s of calling song [214 KB]; same as above but downsampled and truncated. [Recording by D. B. Weissman; used by permission.]

Sound spectrogram of 2 s of calling at 25.0°C (from D. B. Weissman's S92-44, R92-11). Dominant frequency 4.8 kHz.
Click on spectrogram to hear graphed song.

David Weissman is currently revising the species of Gryllus from the western and central United States. That study will describe the song, morphology, life cycle, and geographical and ecological distribution of G. lineaticeps in relation to the many other western species.

Song at 25°C:  According to Weissman et al. (1980), the song has 6 to 10 pulses per chirp, with the pulse rate uniform and high; the chirp rate averages 200 per minute.

More information:  subfamily Gryllinae, genus Gryllus

References:  Hoback & Wagner 1997, Wagner 1996, Wagner & Hoback 1999, Wagner & Reiser 2000.

Nomenclature:  OSF (Orthoptera Species File Online)