Nature of the Sound Produced by Drosophila melanogaster during Courtship

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Science  31 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3531, pp. 677-678
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3531.677


The wing vibrations of courting male Drosophila melanogaster Meigen produced pulsations of sound, with each pulse apparently caused by 1 to 2 cycles of wing movement. The average repetition rate at 25°C was 29.8 pulses per second. The rate was dependent on temperature, increasing at 1.4 pulses per additional degree Celsius.