Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Songs of Insects (Book)

Handsome Trig (from The Songs of Insects)

I scored a copy of Lang Elliot's The Song of Insects at a local used book for $4 last night. Today I discovered that the enclosed CD was cracked--that's why it was so cheap! So I was happy to find that the associated web site allows you to listen to the songs one by one. I highly recommend taking a spin through them, if just for the close-up views of some stunningly interesting creatures. Here's the link to the Master Species List.

Two favorites: the slightly musical conehead (actually, I like the name more than the song) and the common virtuoso katydid (which does have an elegant song).

Here's another site (more species, only some with recordings).

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