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Old 08-12-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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Gem it sounds like a tree frog. Some of them are somewhat transparent green and are incredible to see when the light is on outside and you are inside as they hang onto the window. Those are sometimes called glass frogs My folks had them every summer when we visited them in NC. Hope to see the picture you took.

I tried a quick google search and came across a u-tube video of one kind. Hope it is OK to post the link?



YouTube - Indiana Boys catch rare glass tree frog
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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It's okay to post the link.

We had tree frogs in Florida, and I've seen one here, too.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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OMG, I LOVE it!!!! It's soo cute!
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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I live in east Tenn on Tellico Lake(very wooded lot). The noise at night is almost deafening. One neighbor said it was tree frogs, the other a cicada or like bug.
Which is it? I know cicada's come around every 17 yrs or so.
IMO, you're most likely hearing the common true katydid. Cicadas tend to sing in the late afternoon and early evening rather than at night; that's when the katydids and crickets take over. Tree frogs also sing at night but their voices to be pretty quiet compared to katydids.

Ground crickets and/or snowy tree crickets may also be adding their night songs to the crescendo you're hearing.

You might be able to identify the main source of sound here:
Songs of Insects - Learn 20 Common Insect Songs

You can listen to TN frog & toad songs here:
TWRA: TN's Frogs and Toads (http://www.state.tn.us/twra/tamp/frogs.html - broken link)

Personally, I love our insect singers in the South and consider them one of my favorite parts of summer. Driving home through the countryside last Thursday night, I turned off the radio and rolled down all the windows so I could enjoy the crickets & katydids in stereo.

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Old 08-13-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Default Night sounds

I live in Maryville, and when I walk my dog at night, the sounds are really loud this year. Someone once told me that you can tell the difference between the noise tree frogs make and cicadas make because as the weather gets cooler, cicada noise gets slower, while tree frogs remain just the same. I don't know, but if there's a bio major out there, maybe they can confirm or deny.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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IMO, you're most likely hearing the common true katydid. Cicadas tend to sing in the late afternoon and early evening rather than at night; that's when the katydids and crickets take over. Tree frogs also sing at night but their voices to be pretty quiet compared to katydids.

Ground crickets and/or snowy tree crickets may also be adding their night songs to the crescendo you're hearing.

You might be able to identify the main source of sound here:
Songs of Insects - Learn 20 Common Insect Songs

You can listen to TN frog & toad songs here:
TWRA: TN's Frogs and Toads (http://www.state.tn.us/twra/tamp/frogs.html - broken link)

Personally, I love our insect singers in the South and consider them one of my favorite parts of summer. Driving home through the countryside last Thursday night, I turned off the radio and rolled down all the windows so I could enjoy the crickets & katydids in stereo.
Love these links! After listening to it, I am certain that our family is hearing the Scissor-Grinder Cicada, not the Seventeen-Year ones.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Love these links! After listening to it, I am certain that our family is hearing the Scissor-Grinder Cicada, not the Seventeen-Year ones.
Definitely the scissor-grinder here, too. Gosh I love that sound! It makes me want to open the windows, turn on the ceiling fans, relax with some lemonade (I don't drink tea) and enjoy the warm summer night.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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You haven't been bitten by a mosquito since living here?!
You can come to my house if you are growing nostalgic for Florida...
Amen to that Kitties. I can't even step outside my door without getting bitten. I think all the Knoxville skeeters live in my back yard.

LCG
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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That's a really cool link. I am convinced we are hearing those scissor grinders too, along with crickets and others. Now to be at the house with the porch....
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Northeastern Tn
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Wow, that frog link finally answered my question as to what I was hearing here in Greeneville.... it's the Copes Gray Treefrog.
Thanks for posting that link !
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