Sounds of Insects

Sounds of Insects

Various Artists FW06178 / SX 6178

Buzzing doesn’t begin to cover the sounds made by the approximately one million species of insects in the world today. This album, recorded and narrated by Albro T. Gaul, includes samples of butterflies and dragonflies in flight, flies caught on flypaper, Japanese beetles on a rose, and insects walking and chewing. In the narration and the liner notes, Gaul provides information about each insect and sound. One interesting fact provided by Gaul is that counting a cricket’s chirps for fifteen seconds and adding forty to the total number of chirps will give you the current temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit). Through facts such as this one, Sounds of Insects provides a closer look and listen to the oft-overlooked world of insects that surrounds us.

Year Released 1960
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1960 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Sounds
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Nature; Sound effects
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101 Suburban sounds (Crickets and temperature; Crickets chirp at slow speed n/a 2:58 Not Available for Download
102 Insect flight (Inside a hornet; pre-flight warm-up; fatigue experiment) n/a 4:46 Not Available for Download
103 Insect flight (Wing beat vs. load; flight-light experiment; in a hornet nest) n/a 3:42 Not Available for Download
104 Flying insects (Mosquitoes;bumble bee;May beetle;Japanese beetle;warble fly;flowerfly; European hornet) n/a 5:23 Not Available for Download
105 Cicada Warm-up and flight (Tent caterpillar moth; underwing moth; large long-horn beetle screaming; clock beetles) n/a 3:36 Not Available for Download
106 Wasp chewing (False katydid; cicada song; cicada and plane; evening insects) n/a 5:01 Not Available for Download
201 Katydids n/a 0:42 Not Available for Download
202 longhorn beetle walking n/a 0:38 Not Available for Download
203 Small longhorn beetle shriek n/a 0:38 Not Available for Download
204 Viceroy Butterfly Walking n/a 0:43 Not Available for Download
205 Viceroy butterfly in flight n/a 0:52 Not Available for Download
206 Harpalus Beetle Walking n/a 1:20 Not Available for Download
207 Fly caught on flypaper n/a 1:41 Not Available for Download
208 Underwing moth walking n/a 1:20 Not Available for Download
209 Grape-leaf beetle walking n/a 1:57 Not Available for Download
210 Drangonfly in flight n/a 0:41 Not Available for Download
211 Mud-dauber wasp flight n/a 1:45 Not Available for Download
212 Crabre Argus (Wasp) in nest n/a 0:42 Not Available for Download
213 Hover fly n/a 1:13 Not Available for Download
214 Deerfly (Chrysops niger) n/a 0:42 Not Available for Download
215 Deerfly (Chrysops vittatus) n/a 1:02 Not Available for Download
216 Japanese beetles on a rose n/a 1:09 Not Available for Download
217 Drone fly (Eristalis) n/a 1:02 Not Available for Download
218 Bumblebee (Two toned flight) n/a 1:05 Not Available for Download
219 Cicada song n/a 3:48 Not Available for Download
220 Spider (Salticus sp.) walking n/a 1:08 Not Available for Download
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