Handsome Trig: All You Need to Know for a Dashing, Debonair Look

Are you ready to explore the world of Handsome Trig? The realm of trigonometry is fascinating and filled with essential skills you never knew you needed. Challenge yourself to take a deep dive into right triangles, angles, and the relationships among them to broaden your mathematical knowledge.

Trigonometry primarily revolves around the study of right triangles, the hypotenuse, and adjacent and opposite sides. These relationships form the basis for understanding the sine, cosine, and tangent functions, with each function representing a specific ratio within the triangle. For example, sine is the ratio of the opposite side’s length to the hypotenuse, while cosine is the ratio of the adjacent side to the hypotenuse.

An interesting aspect of trigonometry lies in the comparison of these functions. Consider how the sine and cosine graphs change as the angle, or theta, adjusts. Patterns emerge, sparking both mathematical creativity and the chance to find practical applications for Handsome Trig in everyday life.

Handsome Trig Basics

What Is Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig, or Phyllopalpus pulchellus, is the term for a group of winged-bush crickets belonging to the family Gryllidae. These insects are known for their striking appearance, making them unique among cricket species.

Physical Characteristics

Key features:

  • Relatively small size
  • Elongated body
  • Prominent wings

Handsome Trigs possess an elongated body that is small compared to other cricket species. Their most distinctive feature is their large, prominent wings, which enable them to fly and communicate using acoustic signals.

Coloring and Markings

Handsome Trigs are incredibly rare, mostly due to their distinctive coloring and markings.

Notable markings:

  • Bold patterns
  • Bright colors
  • Intricate detail

The unique and intricate markings make these insects stand out from other crickets. Their bold patterns and bright colors help them attract mates and deter predators.

Comparison table:

Feature Handsome Trig Common Cricket
Size Small Medium to large
Body shape Elongated Rounded
Wings Prominent, large Short, hidden
Coloring and markings Bright, intricate Muted, simple
Rarity Rare Common

Understanding their appearance and behavior can help appreciate the uniqueness of these fascinating creatures.

Habitat and Range

North America Distribution

Handsome Trig is a type of cricket found primarily in North America. It ranges from the eastern United States to parts of southern Canada.

Preferred Environment

These crickets prefer environments with:

  • Wetland habitats
  • Marshes
  • Moist grasslands

Vegetation and Streams

Handsome Trig crickets are commonly found in areas with specific vegetation and streams. They favor:

  • Tall grasses
  • Dense foliage
  • Proximity to water sources

In summary, Handsome Trig crickets thrive in moist environments with abundant vegetation, typically near streams and marshes throughout North America.

Behavior and Life Cycle

Mating and Reproduction

Handsome Trig females are choosy with their mates. They are attracted to better singers during the mating process:

  • Song duration: Longer songs signal healthier males
  • Song frequency: Higher frequency of songs demonstrates persistence

Handsome Trigs have a fascinating life cycle:

  1. Eggs are laid on plants
  2. Nymphs emerge and grow
  3. Transition to adults through molting
  4. Mate and reproduce in adulthood

Song and Communication

Handsome Trig males use their distinct song for various purposes:

  • Attract females
  • Establish territory
  • Warn of approaching predators

The characteristics of their songs include:

  • Short bursts
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • High-pitched sounds

Predator and Prey Relationships

Handsome Trigs prey on insects such as aphids. They are also natural predators for many garden pests, making them beneficial for the ecosystem. At the same time, they face various threats from other species:

Predator Prey
Birds Handsome Trig
Spiders Handsome Trig
Larger insects Handsome Trig

In conclusion, Handsome Trigs are fascinating creatures with unique mating and communication behaviors, an interesting life cycle, and essential roles in predator-prey relationships.

Trigonometry Connection

Mathematical Naming

Trigonometry is a branch of math that studies the relationships between the angles and sides of triangles. It deals with the measurement of angles in degrees and radians, as well as analyzing their properties to solve problems. Key components include:

  • Angles
  • Triangles
  • Functions (sine, cosine, tangent)

Functions and Properties

Trigonometry uses three primary functions, all named after their Greek counterparts:

  1. Sine (sin)
  2. Cosine (cos)
  3. Tangent (tan)

These functions help describe and analyze properties of triangles, particularly right-angled triangles. They allow us to find missing dimensions using known angles and side lengths.

Sine, Cosine, and Tangent Relationships

In a right-angled triangle, sine, cosine, and tangent relationships can be defined as follows:

  • sin(θ) = opposite side / hypotenuse
  • cos(θ) = adjacent side / hypotenuse
  • tan(θ) = opposite side / adjacent side

Example: If we have a right-angled triangle with an angle of 30°, we can use the sine function to find the length of the side opposite to the angle as follows:

sin(30°) = opposite / hypotenuse

Here’s a comparison table of sin, cos, and tan:

Function Description Relationship
Sine Opposite side, Hypotenuse sin(θ) = opposite side / hypotenuse
Cosine Adjacent side, Hypotenuse cos(θ) = adjacent side / hypotenuse
Tangent Opposite side, Adjacent side tan(θ) = opposite side / adjacent side

In summary, trigonometry is crucial for understanding the relationships between angles and sides in triangles. Its primary functions are sine, cosine, and tangent, which help us solve problems by analyzing properties of right-angled triangles.

Fun Facts and Curiosities

Handsome Trig in Pop Culture

The Handsome Trig has made appearances in various pop culture mediums over the years. They often appear in art, particularly for coloring pages, and even as tiny characters in some kitchen-themed animations.

The World of Winged Bush Crickets

The Red-headed bush cricket is a notable species in the world of winged bush crickets. They are also referred to as the Handsome Trig, and you can find them on sites like bugguide. Here are some quick facts about their anatomy:

  • Abdomen: They have a fairly large, cylindrical abdomen, usually with a reddish hue.
  • Legs: These crickets have long, slender legs, perfect for jumping and climbing.

Here’s a comparison between the Handsome Trig and a similar species:

Feature Handsome Trig (Red-headed Bush Cricket) Alternate Species
Color Reddish hue Green or brown
Size Comparable size Slightly larger
Habitat Woodland areas near streams Dry grasslands

The Handsome Trig’s unique characteristics set it apart from other bush crickets, making it quite fascinating within its group.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, whatsthatbug.com has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Letter 1 – Handsome Trig


Subject: Not quite an earwig, not really a cricket!
Location: Morristown, NJ
September 21, 2014 1:05 pm
I found this interesting bug at 3:30 in the afternoon in the shade of my back door – it was crawling on the door jam near the door knob.
It’s head and top of bodice was red, the bottom section black and it’s six legs are a tan/brown color. Most notably, it has one stinger-like appendage on the back, not pincers, pointing down, and it’s antennae are rounded at the top – not straight like an earwig’s. Not sure if this is a bug that eats wood or could do damage to my home, or sting me for that matter.
Signature: Julie

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Hi Julie,
This Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, is also called a Handsome Trig.  The stinger is the ovipositor, the organ used by the female to lay eggs.  Handsome Trigs feed on leaves and they will not damage your home nor will they sting you.

Letter 2 – Handsome Trig


Red and yellow body, yellow hind legs. Cricket? Grasshopper?
June 30, 2010
Found this little guy on the island in my kitchen tonight. (I live in North Carolina, USA.) Never seen one, despite the variety of insect life wandering the woods behind our house–and coming inside. It’s probably only 1/2″ long or so. Not very big. I thought the coloring was unusual. I apologize that it’s not a better photo. So far I haven’t managed to do anything but trap him in a cup, so I may be able to get a better one when I get brave and convince myself it’s not an alien that will grow epically at midnight and eat me in my sleep.
North Carolina

Handsome Trig

Hi Ruth,
This is the lovely Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, though we prefer the other common name, the Handsome Trig.  You can see additional images of the Handsome Trig by visiting BugGuide.

Letter 3 – Handsome Trig


Subject: Grasshopper-like blackish red bug?
Location: Belvidere, New Jersey, US
August 12, 2012 4:46 pm
This bug has been hanging outside with me while I’ve been working on a table. It would have to say it is the size of a small grasshopper, and I have seen it hop a couple times. It has large antennas and then smaller antennas that have round ball-like things at the ends. It is black and somewhat reddish on the head. In the picture I send you can save it and zoom in real close.
Signature: Insect friend

Handsome Trig

Dear Insect friend,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus.  The second pair of antennae you describe are actually maxillary palps, sensory organs associated with the mouth.  See this Earthlife page on Insect Morphology and Anatomy (The Head) for more information on the palps.  According to BugGuide, Handsome Trigs are:  “Found in vegetation near streams and marshes, about a meter above the ground.”

Letter 4 – Handsome Trig


Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Foxboro,MA
September 20, 2014 11:34 am
Just wondering what type of bug this little guy is. He has a small round red head, his body is black , flat and he has two long antenna with 4 small greenish legs and two greenish grasshopper like legs . He’s kinda cool . It looks like there is also a little red segment between his head and body and like he has 2 smaller antenna or feelers on top of his head but under the longer antenna. I hope this is enough info to figure it out.
Signature: Hope to hear back, Thank you. Cathy

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Hi Cathy,
This beautiful Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, is sometimes called a Handsome Trig.  The ovipositor which resembles a stinger indicates that this individual is a female.

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Letter 5 – Handsome Trig


Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: New York
September 21, 2014 4:48 pm
I’ve never seen a bug like this. I’m sure you have. The legs were clear, which I thought was odd. I am in upstate New York and he was just hanging out on my friend’s table.
Signature: Ivy

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Hi Ivy,
Your submission is the third posting we have created in two days of a Handsome Trig, and your images are by far the best.

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Oh super! He was lovely.
Thank you so much for your help.

She is lovely.  What appears to be a stinger is actually the ovipositor used by the female to lay eggs.

Letter 6 – Handsome Trig


Subject: Red Headed Bush Cricket
Location: Mount Holly, NC
August 27, 2016 8:20 pm
If you would like to use my up-close photo of the Red Headed Bush Cricket, you are more than welcome. I found this cricket in my backyard, and it was the first time I had ever seen one – handsome little thing! Before I found out what is was called, I had nicknamed it the Darth Maul Cricket!
Signature: Jeff Eppinette

Handsome Trig
Handsome Trig

Dear Jeff,
We are really excited to post your lovely image of a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig.

Letter 7 – Handsome Trig


Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati, OH
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 09:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect in my kitchen.  I have never seen this type before. It was easy to catch in a jar. I nicknamed it “the boxer” because it looks like it’s wearing boxing gloves and acted like it was sparring. Please tell me what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Handsome Trig

Dear Mary,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig, and the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen indicates it is female.  According to BugGuide:  “Found in vegetation near streams and marshes, about a meter above the ground” and “there are no similar species in the U.S.”

Daniel, thanks so much for your timely and helpful response. Is it an uncommon insect? I’ve never seen one before.

Hi Again Mary,
The BugGuide range based on submissions is relatively extensive, and we have not read anywhere that Handsome Trigs are rare.  Many insects go unnoticed if folks are not looking for them.  You encountered this individual because she entered your kitchen, perhaps on your clothing if you were in the yard.  Insects have learned to hide, because avoiding detection means they stand a better chance of not becoming a meal to a predator.

Thanks again, Daniel. My visiting Red Headed Bush Cricket has been safely released into my back yard. I am fascinated by her coloring, especially the legs.


Letter 8 – Handsome Trig


Subject:  Unidentified Buggy Creature (UBC)
Geographic location of the bug:  Galesburg, Illinois USA
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I have been finding quite a few of these interesting bugs around my house this Summer. It is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long (with legs), reddish head,dark body, pale green legs. Most are outside, but a few like the one in the photos I’ve attached, have made their way inside for a visit.  I just take the back out and let them go back to their buggy business, but I’m curious as to what they are. I’ve been searching online and can’t seem to find a match. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
If it helps sometimes their hind legs are a much brighter green.
Thanks for providing a great and helpful site for the bug curious.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Sarah

Handsome Trig

Hi Sarah,
The colors of the Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, are quite attractive, but for some reason, they are not well captured in your images.  According to BugGuide:  “Distinctive appearance. Red head/throrax, pale legs, dark bluish-black forewings. Last segment of palp is black and oval flattened shape. Female forewings are convex similar to beetles. Song (of male) is a ‘rattling, broken trill’ , given both day and night. “

Thank you so much for your quick reply, and identification! My UCB friend is now an ICB 😉
I had a hard time getting the lighting right, as my buggy friend wanted to stick to the shadows. When I’ve seen them outside the colors are much more vibrant.
Thank you again for solving my mystery!

Letter 9 – More Handsome Trigs


Red Headed Bush Cricket ??
June 30, 2010
I found this little pair today. they were crawling around on my potted strawberry plants out front. I did not see any really great photo’s on the site, so thought I would send you a few.
Very small, wingless and hairy, they were a bit less than 1/4 of in inch long. Several of them on the plant, but they were too shy, and I’m not willing to kill one to shoot it. Patience and persistence, a few crossed words, and 2 of them finally allowed me to capture their image.
Hope you like them.
North Carolina

Handsome Trig

Hi Rick,
Yesterday evening we posted a letter with a photo of a Red Headed Bush Cricket, bug technical difficulties have not allowed the image to show.  We are also posting your photos.  We prefer the common name Handsome Trig for the Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus.

AKA: Red Headed Bush Cricket


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5 thoughts on “Handsome Trig: All You Need to Know for a Dashing, Debonair Look”

  1. Is there such thing as an ‘ugly trig’ or a Black trig?

    I’ve noticed a few little bugs that look a lot like this one except they’re pitch black crawling around in many places in my city (Maracaibo, Venezuela).

  2. Is there such thing as an ‘ugly trig’ or a Black trig?

    I’ve noticed a few little bugs that look a lot like this one except they’re pitch black crawling around in many places in my city (Maracaibo, Venezuela).

  3. Btw.. Have found this bug crawling up and down my wood railing on my deck sometimes 3 or more at a time! with about mile away from river. I’m in CT. Do they bite or harm?


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