RESOURCES: Insects' Greatest Hits

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Science  26 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5641, pp. 1823
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5641.1823d

Even if southerners never see a well-camouflaged pine katydid (Hubbellia marginifera) nestled in the foliage, they'll probably hear the male's song—a succession of raspy squeaks that does for the female katydid what a Tom Jones number does for women of a certain age. Listen to a pine katydid or find out what other musical bugs fill the airwaves on summer evenings at Singing Insects of North America, a guide to crickets, katydids, and cicadas orchestrated by entomologists Thomas Walker of the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Thomas Moore of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The still-growing site already offers information on more than 100 insect songsters. To help you pin a name to that hard-to-place specimen, compare its features to the multiple keys. Species accounts not only let you sample the bug's repertoire, but also include photos, sketches of telltale anatomical characteristics, range maps, and details of habits and habitat.

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