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Bug Bytes sound library: stored product insect pest sounds

This archive of .wav format sound recordings provided by the ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology supports the detection and control of hidden insect infestations. Most of the sound files were selected from noise-free sections of recorded signal, but some typical background noises mixed with insect sounds are also provided. The insect sounds have higher frequencies and shorter durations that make them relatively easy to separate from background.

For more information including related references, links to pictures or other information about each species in the Encyclopedia of Life or Featured Creatures, see the Bug Bytes sound library [note: supersedes 2005 sound library at https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/3559/soundlibrary.html ]

A. Stored product insect movement and feeding sounds
B. Movement and feeding sounds of soil invertebrates
C. Defensive stridulation by soil insects (dung beetles)
D. Movement and feeding sounds of insects in wood. Termite head-banging
E. Movement and feeding sounds of insects in plants
F. Buzzing of fruit flies, butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, stink bug, and Rhopalid communication
G. Fire ants, phorid flies, and their interactions
H. Cricket, katydid, and cicada sounds, including underground sounds of immature crickets
I. Examples to distinguish insect sounds from background noise

Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito)
Aedes taeniorynchus (salt marsh mosquito)
Anastrepha suspensa (Caribbean fruit fly)
Anoplophora glabripennis (Asian longhorned beetle)
Antitrogus parvulus (Childers grub)
Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Brazilian peppertree stem borer )
Bactrocera tyroni (Queensland fruit fly)
Blattella germanica (German cockroach)
Buprestid spp. (larva in oak branch)
Camponotus denticulatus (Ants in Australian outback)
Cephus cinctus (Wheat stem sawfly)
Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly)
Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan termite)
Cotesia marginiventris (Braconid parasitoid)
Cryptotermes or Incisitermes (Drywood termites)
Delia antiqua (Onion fly)
Dendroctonus valens (red turpentine beetle)
Dermolepida albohirtum (greyback cane grub)
Diaphorina citri (Asian citrius psyllid)
Diaprepes abbreviatus (Diaprepes root weevil)
Drepanotermes (Australian termites)
Euschistus servus (brown stink bug)
Euzophera magnolialis (Magnolia root borer)
Ensifera (Crickets and katydids)
Gastropoda (snails) underground
Geotrupes egeriei (Dung beetle) defensive stridulation
Heliconius cydno alithea (Heliconid butterfly) adult and pupa
Hylobius abietes (pine weevil) link to Hylobius abietes
Hylotrupes bajulus (Old house borer)
Jadera haematoloma (soapberry bug)
Leptogenys kitteli (ants) stridulations
Lumbricidae (Earthworm)
Magicacada spp. (Cicada)
Mallodon dasystomus
Monochamus titillator (Southern pine sawyer)
Musca domesticus (housefly)
Nezara viridula (Southern green stink bug)
Oryctes rhinoceros (Coconut rhinoceros beetle) stridulation
Oryctes elegans (Rhinoceros beetle) larval movement
Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Black vine weevil)
Peltotrupes profundus (Dung beetle) defensive stridulation
Phyllophaga (White grub)
Plodia interpunctella (Indian meal moth) adults and larvae
Polyphylla spp. (June beetle)
Prostephanus truncatus larvae and adults
Pseudacteon tricuspis (Phorid flies)
Reticulitermes flavipes (Eastern subterranean termite) and related spp.
Reticulitermes virginicus (termite)
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (red palm weevil)
Rhynchophorus cruentatus (palmetto weevil)
Scapteriscus vicinus (Mole cricket)
Sitophilus oryzae (Rice weevil)
Sitophilus zeamais (maize weevil) larvae and adults
Solenopsis invicta (Fire ant)

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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-537.1875 -82.676284978349, -537.1875 84.983957685675, -167.34375 84.983957685675, -167.34375 -82.676284978349))
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Temporal Coverage
January 1, 2005
Data Dictionary
Contact Name
Mankin, Richard
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Program Code
005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service