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Research Project: Ecology and Management of Grasshoppers and Other Rangeland and Crop Insects in the Great Plains

Location: Pest Management Research

Title: Song of anabrus cerciata male

item Srygley, Robert
item Senior, Laura
item Westwick, Rebecca

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/24/2020
Publication Date: 2/24/2020
Citation: Srygley, R.B., Senior, L., Westwick, R.R. 2020. Singing insects of North America (SINA): Big-tooth anabrus (Anabrus cerciata). [World Wide Web] The Orthopterists’ Society: Pensoft Publishing. Available:

Interpretive Summary: Audio file submitted to "Singing Insects of North America"

Technical Abstract: My first recollection of A. cerciata in the Couse Creek area, south of Asotin was July 2008 when I observed them during our annual adult grasshopper survey in Asotin County. Throughout the years we have only observed low densities of Mormon crickets1 in this area, primarily in range areas along Couse Creek road. Our grasshopper scouts return to this area each year and have never observed high cricket populations in any of the agriculture areas on the plateaus and benches above the Snake River. The crickets are mainly scattered along Couse Creek Road going up the grade approximately 5-6 miles, to where Couse Creek road turns into Sherry Grade near the top of the Plateau where most of the agriculture production is located. Cropland on the benches and plateaus mainly consists of dryland wheat, pasture and hayland. There are a lot of switchbacks sidewinding up the canyon along Couse creek road and this is where most of the crickets tend to congregate. The hillslopes above the road are mainly rangeland, dominated by range grasses (cheat, bluebunch wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, etc.), sagebrush and other shrubs. The valley bottom of Couse Creek near the Snake River is well-vegetated along the road with alder, cottonwood and occasional willows where we also occasionally observe crickets.