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2014-06-01 02:30:15

Cell Press For most of us, crickets are probably most recognizable by the distinctive chirping sounds males make with their wings to lure females. But some crickets living on the islands of Hawaii have effectively lost their instruments and don't make their music anymore. Now researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 29 that crickets living on different islands quieted their wings in different ways at almost the same time. "There is more than one way to silence...

2013-04-04 23:03:19

The Filthy Crickets "good time" rock and roll band will play a special benefit April 6 on Long Island benefiting the American Portfolios Team in World T.E.A.M. Sports' April 26-28 Face of America bicycle ride honoring disabled veterans. Holbrook, New York (PRWEB) April 04, 2013 One of Long Island´s most engaging rock and roll bands will host a dance party fundraiser April 6 in Westhampton Beach, New York to benefit World T.E.A.M. Sports´ April 26-28 Face of America bicycle ride...

Courtship In The Cricket World
2012-04-30 14:20:09

Everyone wants to present themselves in the best light - especially when it comes to finding a partner. Some rely on supplying honest information about their attributes while others exaggerate for good effect. A new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, published in PNAS, has discovered how male crickets could use similar tactics to attract a mate. Male crickets advertise for mates by singing loud repetitive songs at night. They rub their wings together, setting them into...

Among Insects, Chivalry Is Not Dead
2011-10-06 14:17:05

[ Watch the Video ] The long-standing consensus of why insects stick together after mating has been turned on its head by scientists from the University of Exeter. Published today (6 October) in Current Biology, their study shows that, contrary to previous thinking, females benefit from this arrangement just as much as males. Instead of dominating their female partners through bullying and aggressive behavior, males were revealed to be protective, even laying their lives on the line...

2010-06-04 08:33:45

Natural and sexual selection in a wild insect population Tracing the success of individual wild insects in leaving descendants is now possible according to new research by University of Exeter biologists using a combination of digital video technology, tagging and DNA fingerprinting. Published on Friday 4 June, in Science, the study compares the behavior and ancestry of field crickets in their natural environment, allowing the researchers unprecedented insights into what insects actually get...

2009-09-09 21:36:14

The winning distance in the junior division cricket spitting contest at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield, was 9 feet, 11 inches, organizers said. The junior division almost didn't happen, after the 5- to 8-year-olds balked at putting crickets in their mouths -- but contest co-organizer Alanna Feddick changed the order of the contest so the adults would go first, the Marshfield News-Herald reported. Once the kids saw their parents pop thawed 4-day-frozen crickets in their mouths,...

2009-04-22 10:25:11

UC Riverside biologists researching the behavior of field crickets have found for the first time that female crickets remember attractive males based on the latter's song, and use this information when choosing mates.The researchers found that female crickets compare the information about the attractiveness of available males around them with other incoming signals when selecting attractive males for mating.The finding shows that social learning "“ the ability to learn information from...

2009-01-07 10:30:00

Observing and betting on cricket fights has been part of Chinese cultural tradition since at least the Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960-1278). This ancient practice has resulted in quite a detailed list of characteristics that Chinese practitioners think make for champion fighters. "Because money was involved, there was a strong incentive for the practitioners of this sport to observe their cricket fighters closely," says Kevin Judge, a biology postdoctoral researcher at University of Toronto...

2007-07-27 13:05:00

AUSTIN -- They congregate on patios, slip into stairwells and, if they're crunched under foot, oh do they stink. Crickets are here in force, annoying Texans earlier than usual - thanks to the year's wet weather in much of the state. The problem is so bad at the University of Texas at Austin that school officials are taking the unusual step of darkening the 307-foot-tall bell tower for three nights the next two weekends in hopes of keeping the insects away. The bugs are attracted to lights....

Latest Crickets Reference Libraries

2005-09-08 14:48:50

Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as "true crickets"), are insects which are related to grasshoppers and katydids (order Orthoptera). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae and are known for their chirp (which only male crickets can do; male wings have ridges that act like a "comb and file" instrument). They chirp by rubbing their wings over each other, and the song is species-specific. There are two types of cricket songs: a calling song and a courting song. The...

2005-07-13 16:57:18

Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as "true crickets"), are insects related to grasshoppers and katydids (order Orthoptera). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. Crickets are known for the loud chirping noises they make by rubbing their wings together. Only male crickets sing as the male wings have ridges that act like a "comb and file" that produces a song that is species specific. Interestingly in 1970, Dr. William H. Cade discovered that the parasitic fly Ormia...

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