Bulletin of Entomological Research

Research Article

Automated identification of field-recorded songs of four British grasshoppers using bioacoustic signal recognition

E.D. Chesmorea1 c1 and E. Ohyaa2

a1 Department of Electronics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK

a2 Biodiversity Research Group, Tohoku Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Shimokuriyagawa aza Nabeyashiki 92–25, Morioka 020–0123, Japan


Recognition of Orthoptera species by means of their song is widely used in field work but requires expertise. It is now possible to develop computer-based systems to achieve the same task with a number of advantages including continuous long term unattended operation and automatic species logging. The system described here achieves automated discrimination between different species by utilizing a novel time domain signal coding technique and an artificial neural network. The system has previously been shown to recognize 25 species of British Orthoptera with 99% accuracy for good quality sounds. This paper tests the system on field recordings of four species of grasshopper in northern England in 2002 and shows that it is capable of not only correctly recognizing the target species under a range of acoustic conditions but also of recognizing other sounds such as birds and man-made sounds. Recognition accuracies for the four species of typically 70–100% are obtained for field recordings with varying sound intensities and background signals.

(Accepted February 23 2004)


c1 *Fax: 01904 432335 E-mail: edc1@ohm.york.ac.uk