Phyllopalpus pulchellus

Handsome Trig / Red-headed Bush Cricket


Phyllopalpus pulchellus, Handsome Trig, or Red-headed Bush Cricket

 

 

Family: Gryllidae

Subfamily: Trigonidiinae

Length: 7-9 mm

 

This species goes by the common name "Handsome Trig," with trig being the shortened name of the subfamily, and handsome coming from the Latin name—and ultimately from the insect's jaunty coloration.

The Handsome Trig has the interesting habit of agitating its prominent black mouthparts when disturbed.

Look for Phyllopalpus pulchellus about one meter above the ground, on both herbaceous and woody plants.

Of the several species of Phyllopalus, P. pulchella is the only one found in the Nearctic. Its range extends from Michigan to Massachusetts, south to Texas and Florida. Sightings of the adults peak in August.

Phyllopalpus pulchellus, Handsome Trig head, Red-headed Bush Cricket


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