Green, Beautiful, Unidentified Chirping Insect

Reply Sun 1 Nov, 2015 07:12 pm

I'm trying to find out what kind of insect this is. I've been listening to him or her chirp at night in my backyard for some time now, and found the sound to be very pleasant. Last week I decided to find the insect, which was in a grapevine, and I got some pics and video footage. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been about 75-80 degrees.

Here is a YouTube video:

Here is the best picture:

Here is a Flickr Album with more pictures: https://www.flickr.com/gp/127456146@N05/0a4QK5

Thank you for any help.

Reply Sun 1 Nov, 2015 07:21 pm
Looks like a lacewing.
Reply Sun 1 Nov, 2015 08:15 pm
Thank you! After looking at the pictures, I think that's probably right
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Reply Sun 1 Nov, 2015 08:33 pm
I agree. Lacewing was the first thing I thought of. Although that one looks a bit more robust than the ones we have here in New Hampshire. Ours look very fragile and I think they make a higher pitched chirp.
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Reply Tue 9 Feb, 2016 07:16 pm
So, I am randomly browsing forums - and I ran across this. I don't thing it is a lacewing. It actually looks like a tree cricket to me, which would explain the chirping! Smile Hope this is still relevant.
Reply Thu 9 Feb, 2017 03:46 pm
You are absolutely right! Thank you for responding. I googled some pictures and saw some images of tree crickets that look very similar. Also, I don't think lacewings make this sound. I appreciate your feedback!
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 01:16 am
I just wanted to thank you for your post. I always feel crazy - I'm the only person I know who wants to GET garden crickets as opposed to kill them. Really nice to read that you appreciated the sound enough to try and figure out what it was. I'm now on the hunt to see if I can get some snowy tree crickets for the backyard of our apartment building in the Tenderloin, SF - not the most natural thing to do, but I'm trying to make the backyard more pleasant while supporting birds and insects.
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Reply Fri 20 Jul, 2018 02:55 am
It looks like a snowy tree cricket.

snowy tree cricket

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