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November 30, 2016

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 “...

November 7, 2012

The Hitchikers Guide to Los Angeles

Have you ever jumped in your car and realized there was a bug on your windshield? Not a gross squished one, I mean a living one, ready for a hitchiking adventure. When this happens, you might be like me, and decide to spark up the engine and see how long that sucker can stick around for (never speeding of course)! In my extensive experience, the bugs usually manage to "hang on" for much longer than one would expect. Case in point: This bright green katydida close relative to grasshopperstraveled with Nature Lab project manager, Jennifer Morgan, all the way from Palos Verdes to Pasadena, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph!   

Katy "done" did it right!

For a better idea of what a katydid looks like, here's an image courtesy of...