Communicative Mandible-Snapping in Acrididae (Orthoptera)

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Science  15 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3420, pp. 152-153
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3420.152


Paratylotropidia brunneri Scudder is the first insect known to possess a long-range mandibular sound signal. This signal probably evolved through a stage in which feeding noises were significant; it is believed to be a functional analog of other insect calling sounds.