Nancy Collins

Joined: Feb 8, 2018 Last Active: Jul 12, 2024 iNaturalist

I no longer attempt to put statements in every identification I suggest. The most important comment for tree crickets: WE NEED A GOOD VIEW OF THE FRONT OF THE 1ST AND 2ND ANTENNAL SEGMENTS TO TRY TO ID TO SPECIES.

Also, I do not add ID's for any submissions without a general location, and I do not review European submissions.

My website is
I made daily entries on a tree cricket blog in 2023.

Key to Tree Crickets encountered in the U.S.

I am a citizen scientist, actually tree cricket specialist might be a better description.

I am active on under Wisconsin Oecanthinancy. I have contributed data and photos to the Singing Insects of North America website. I have been working on adding data available on the Orthoptera Species File section for Oecanthinae.

My mentor is Dr. Thomas J. Walker, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida-Gainesville.

I am a member of the Wisconsin Entomological Society and the Orthopterists Society.

I became enamored by a singing male Two-legged Tree Cricket in 2006, and have been obsessed with tree crickets ever since. I have co-authored eight description papers for Oecanthines, and have co-described eleven new species (3 in the U.S., 3 in Mexico, and 5 in Nicaragua).

I have written two books: Trixie the Tree Cricket and All About Tree Crickets

My mission is to increase awareness of these small delicate insects that are often heard but seldom known. If not in your own yard, if you've heard trilling or chirping in the background of a movie or TV show, set in a warm summer night, chances are you've heard a tree cricket.

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