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Oecanthus fultoni, also known as the snowy tree cricket, or thermometer cricket, is a species of tree cricket from North America. Before 1960, the name Oecanthus niveus was wrongly applied to this species.
In popular culture
It is a major plot point in the The Big Bang Theory episode "The Jiminy Conjecture", where Sheldon places a bet that a common field cricket, Gryllus assimilis, found in the apartment, is a snowy tree cricket. When the cricket is taken to the entomology lab at the university, it is identified as a common field cricket, and Sheldon loses the bet.
- Walker, Thomas J. (1962). "The Taxonomy and Calling Songs of United States Tree Crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae: Oecaiithinae). I. The Genus Neoxabea and the niveus and varicornis Groups of the Genus Oecanthus". Annals of the Entomological Society of America (Entomological Society of America) 55 (3): 303–322. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- Walker, Thomas J. Walker, Thomas J.; Moore, Thomas E., ed. "snowy tree cricket". Singing Insects of North America. University of Florida. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Walker, Thomas J. Walker, Thomas J.; Moore, Thomas E., ed. "narrow-winged tree cricket". Singing Insects of North America. University of Florida. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
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