In no particular order of importance the singing insects are made up of many different species of katydid, cricket, and cicada; and late summer is their mating season. The songs are used to attract mates and establish territories. If you listen carefully you can actually separate and distinguish between their songs. The Common True Katydid is heard at night singing from high in the trees. Their sound is a quick burst of 3 “ch, ch, ch”-say it aloud, do you recognize it? In general, crickets will sound a continuous trill or pulse of pure tone (meaning less rasp)-try trilling your tongue in a high-pitched voice. Your kids will appreciate you for this… Listen for cicadas during the day. Just the sound of them seems to raise the temperature! Cicadas are the loudest of the singing insects and sound very raspy. Their pattern starts quiet, quickly intensifies, and slowly fades, and it can sound almost like a rattle or pulse.
This is a fun exercise to do with your little ones and strengthens listening and observational skills. Happy listening!