Wing Movements of Calling Katydids: Fiddling Finesse

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  13 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4057, pp. 174-176
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4057.174


Stridulating Uhler's katydids produce the most complex song known for insects. Series of four types of sounds are made in stereotyped sequence. Sound-synchronized high-speed photography reveals that each type of sound is produced by a distinctively different wing-movement cycle. The most complex of these cycles includes a two-step closure and a nearly silent close-open movement.