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Sound Production by Insects



UNDER this heading in NATURE of March 21, p. 437, there was a short notice of a paper published by Dr. F. E. Lutz in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, vol. 50, p. 333, 1924. I have not been able to avail myself of the original paper, but the review brings forward several interesting points. The view expressed is: that our present knowledge does not furnish good grounds for believing that the few cases in which we hear insect sounds are exceptions to a rule, namely, that insects do not communicate by that means; that in the case of Orthoptera the presence of extreme specialisations for making sounds, accompanied by what appear to be definite ears, are grounds for thinking that here communications may be carried out by sound; but the fact that termites, which are not known to stridulate, have the same sort of ear as that possessed by crickets and long-horned grasshoppers, weakens the argument somewhat.

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