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Cricket Radio: Tuning In The Night-Singing Insects

The sounds of the deep night: Decoding the mysterious and wondrous songs of insects.

(me'nthedogs/Flickr)

(me'nthedogs/Flickr)

The first day of Spring is just around the corner now.

We’re dreaming of warmer days – and nights. Summer evenings. Front porch, bark yard, lazy twilight, and the sounds of a summer night. Bug sounds. My guest today has them all.

The sound of scores of different breeds of crickets and katydids. The summer symphony of chirping and whirring and wonderment. All the sounds – and what they mean. The calling. The courtship. Cricket love and cricket death match.

This hour On Point: Sounds of a summer night — the secret language of bug love.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

John Himmelman, author of nearly 70 books including “Guide to Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast” and “Discovering Amphibians: Frogs and Salamanders of the Northeast.” His new book is “Cricket Radio: Tuning in the Night-Singing Insects.”

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