Subject: Whats That Bug
Location: Northeast Ohio
September 24, 2015 4:13 am
Photo taken in Northeast Ohio yesterday, do you know what this bug is? A second question for you: my four-year-old is a prolific bug catcher. Do you have any advice on a bug that might make a good indoor “pet” that she could keep alive for a while indoors?
This is a Tree Cricket, and we believe it is a male Two Spotted Tree Cricket, Neoxabea bipunctata. We believe this Tree Cricket is an excellent candidate for an indoor pet, and it can be kept in a small aquarium used as a terrarium with a screened to keep the Tree Cricket confined. According to BugGuide: “Two-spotted Tree Cricket, can be found on a wide variety of vegetation including (but not restricted to): Grapevine, Sunflower, Maple Tree, White Pine Tree, Apple Tree, Post Oak Tree. They are generally high on tall plants or in trees” and it “Presumably feeds on plants.” In addition to being interesting to watch, there is an additional advantage to keeping a Tree Cricket as a pet. According to BugGuide: “Males sing mostly at night: a 10-second trill followed by several seconds of silence, then a trill again.” We believe Tree Crickets generally live a single season, and their lives are often cut short by an early frost. Keeping a pet Tree Cricket should extend the life of the individual by providing a more temperate environment free of killing frosts.
Awesome information! Thank you very much for taking the time to email!