This page contains three sections whose only connection is that they involve the presentation of RDA’s work or ideas in another form besides writing: namely, his audio recordings of insects, his artwork, and his audio or video presentations.  Currently the representation here is depauperate, providing only the slightest indications of what could appear here in the future.

Like most young people, RDA was a lover of song and drawing long before he took seriously to writing. During college and graduate school, before he ever published a single word, he was a collector of the sounds of nature, especially those of the singing insects; and in those same days he was also briefly employed as a scientific illustrator. Not all of his forays into the arts were entomological, however. Throughout his life he drew pictures, some of which appear in the popular or nostalgic works of his retirement. Even more extensively he wrote songs and preserved those he had heard, especially in his childhood. References and links to these works can be found on the page among his writings, although I hope opportunities for a direct experience of RDA’s audio and visual creations will accumulate here.

Insect sound recordings

1956. The songs of insects. Calls of the common crickets, grasshoppers and cicadas of the eastern United States. LP Phonograph Record: 40 species, 29 min. (R.D. Alexander and D. J. Borror).

1960. Sound communication in Orthoptera and Cicadidae. In Animal Sounds and Communication (W. E.. Lanyon and W. H.. Tavolga, eds). AIBS Publ. 7: 38-92, 16 figs., including 5 sets of sounds on a phonograph record.


1951. Illustrations for An Introduction to the Study of Insects by Donald J. Borror and Dwight M. DeLong, Ohio State University (1954 edition): 80 outlined, stippled, and line-shaded pen and ink illustrations.

(As RDA mentions in his 2003 cv, “This job was terminated prematurely by a perfectly rational decision by the Piatt County, Illinois, Military Draft Board that corn picking in Illinois is more important than graduate school in Ohio, whether or not the latter includes scientific illustrating.”)

Some of RDA’s illustrations are still in print in the 7th edition of Borror and DeLong’s Introduction to the Study of Insects, by Charles A. Triplehorn and Norman F. Johnson (2014), such as the katydid sound producing morphology to the right, and the field cricket below.

Audio-Visual Presentations

Insect Sounds (Audio, 30 minutes). A WOSU radio program from 1955, while RDA was a graduate student of the show’s host, Donald J. Borror. Courtesy of the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics.

The Future of Human Behavior (Audio, 28 minutes). From the Complexity Digest Virtual Conference entitled “Illuminating the Shadow of the Future”, Ann Arbor, MI, 23-25 September 2005.

On Spending a Year in Australia with the Ottes (Video, 56 minutes). From the Dan Otte Symposium at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 16 June 2009.


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