Michael DiGiorgio at work on the tree cricket plates
The book is out!  
Guide to the Night-singing Insects 
of the Northeast.

Stackpole Books Spring 2009

A unique field guide and audio CD package covering 72 species of night-singing insects found throughout the northeastern United States.  Includes information on the three main families-- the katydids, mole crickets and true crickets--as well as full-color illustrations showing the distinctive feature of each species.  Learn where to find them, what colors and physical attributes are key identifiers, how species compare with one another, and how various sounds help identify a particular insect. 
The book includes a CD of the calls of 
68 species.  Listen to a sample below*.
 *The sound quality was reduced to load faster.
The author's rat terrier, Jim, became enamored with the calling crickets and katydids in his studio.
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Some sample plates....
Narrator Kate Davis layin' down the tracks...

Some links
About the Author
John Himmelman is a prolific writer, illustrator, and naturalist. He is the author of Discovering Amphibians: Frogs and Salamanders of the Northeast (Down East Books) and Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard (Down East Books). He has also written and illustrated numerous children's books. He lives in Connecticut.   Email him here.

About the Illustrator
Michael DiGiorgio is a member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation. His paintings and drawings have appeared in Master's Guide to Birding, Audubon Field Guide to Birds, Audubon Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and more. He lives in Connecticut.  Email him here.

When the author and artist first talked about adding an audio element to this book, they wanted to find someone with a clear and pleasant voice who was comfortable with navigating through some of the challenging scientific names.  

It turned out that DiGiorgio just happened to have that person living with him.  Kate Davis, his wife, was no stranger to lending her vocal talents to different projects and she helped bring this one to life.  Email her here.