The Sweet Sound of Love (x4)
Illustration of California shield-back katydid (Capnobotes occidentalis) showing sound inputs that function remarkably similarly to the human hearing system. Photo by: Jeffrey Cole
When I was a kid, I dreaded the moment when a friend would call my name to wave me over to a school lunch table and I could not locate the sound of her voice. At a time in life rich with potential for abject mortification, the daily practice of standing in the middle of the cafeteria dumbly holding a plastic food tray with a panicked, lost expression ranks highly in those angsty and miserable moments of adolescence. If only I'd been a bush cricket.
Researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, have discovered that a group of bush crickets, or katydids, have an “...