Hebard’s Trig

Subject: What big eyebrows you have, my dear!
Location: Andover, NJ
October 6, 2016 5:56 am
I found this very tiny (1/3-1/2 inch) cricket (I think) resting on the leaf of some goldenrod late yesterday afternoon. What struck me about it was the extreme length of its antennae – easily 5 or more times the length of the body. I’ve checked my field guides and can’d find anything that looks quite like this, so wondering if maybe its the nymph form of a cricket/katydid?
Photo was taken yesterday afternoon right at the edge of our woods (hickory/oak/maple/hardwoods).
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Hebard's Trig
Hebard’s Trig

Hi Deborah,
After carefully searching BugGuide, we believe we have identified this Ensiferan as a female Hebard’s Trig,
Falcicula hebardi, and according to BugGuide, the habitat is:  “‘…restricted to colonies among the wire-grass of the pine woods…’ (Rehn and Hebard 1905).”  You should submit your image to BugGuide as well because the bristles on the head and thorax are quite evident in your image, a characteristic that is also evident on this BugGuide image.

Leave a Comment