1st Edition

Insect Sounds and Communication Physiology, Behaviour, Ecology, and Evolution

Edited By Sakis Drosopoulos, Michael F. Claridge Copyright 2006
    550 Pages 237 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    While we may have always assumed that insects employ auditory communication, our understanding of it has been impeded by various technical challenges. In comparison to the study of an insect's visual and olfactory expression, research in the area of acoustic communication has lagged behind. Filling this void, Insect Sounds and Communication is the first multi-author volume to present a comprehensive portrait on this elusive subject. The text includes 32 chapters written by top experts from all corners of the globe.

    Divided into two major sections, this groundbreaking text starts with a general introduction to insect sounds and communication that leads into a discussion of the technical aspects of recording and analyzing sounds. It then considers the functioning of the sense organs and sensory systems involved in acoustic behavior, and goes on to investigate the impact that variables such as body size and temperature have on insect sounds and vibrations. Several chapters are devoted to various evolutionary and ecological aspects of insect communication, and include rare information on seldom-studied groups, including Neuropterida and Plecoptera.

    The second section of the book includes chapters on communication and song repertoires of a wide diversity of insects, including Heteroptera, Auchenorrhyncha, Psylloidea, Diptera, Coleoptera, and Hymenoptera .

    Insect Sounds and Communication is packaged with a DVD, which holds sound and video recordings of many of the insects discussed throughout the text, as well as many full color illustrations not included in the printed text. The DVD also features an unabridged discussion in French of the contribution of the famous French cicadologist, Michel Boulard.

    Insect Sounds and Communication - An Introduction, M. Claridge
    Sound and Techniques in Sound Analysis, E. Eliopoulos
    The Auditory-Vibratory Sensory System in Bushcrickets, W. Rössler, M. Jatho, and K. Kalmring
    Sense Organs Involved in the Vibratory Communication of Bugs, A. Cokl, M. Virant-Doberlet, and M. Zorovi´c
    Use of Substrate Vibrations for Orientation: From Behaviour to Physiology, M. Virant-Doberlet, A. Cokl, and M. Zorovi´c
    Size-Frequency Relationships in Insect Vibrational Signals, R.B. Cocroft and P. De Luca
    Acoustic Signals and Temperature, A.F. Sanborn
    Insect Songs - The Evolution of Signal Complexity, W.J. Bailey
    Song Evolution and Speciation in Bush-Crickets, K.-G. Heller
    Acoustic Communication in Neuropterid Insects, C.S. Henry
    Inheritance of Male Sound Characteristics in Drosophila Species, A. Hoikkala
    Vibrational Communication and Mate Searching Behaviour in Stoneflies, K.W. Stewart and J.B. Sandberg
    Communication by Substrate-Borne Vibrations in Cave Planthoppers, H. Hoch and A. Wessel
    Partitioning of Acoustic Transmission Channels in Grasshopper Communities, M. Bukhvalova
    Insect Species and Their Songs, J. Sueur
    Is Migration Responsible for the Peculiar Geographical Distribution and Speciation Based on Acoustic Divergence of Two Cicadas in the Aegean Archipelago? S. Drosopoulos, E. Eliopoulos, and P. Tsakalou
    Acoustic Evolutionary Divergence in Cicadas: The Species of Cicada L. in Southern Europe, J.A. Quartau and P.C. Simões
    Acoustic Communication, Mating Behaviour, and Hybridization in Closely Related, Pseudogamic, and Parthenogenetic Species of Planthoppers, S. Drosopoulos
    Photoperiodism, Morphology and Acoustic Behaviour in the Leafhopper Genus Euscelis; H. Strübing and S. Drosopoulos
    Mutual Eavesdropping through Vibrations in a Host-Parasitoid Interaction: From Plant Biomechanics to Behavioural Ecology, J. Casas and Christelle Magal

    Vibratory Signals Produced by Heteroptera - Pentatomorpha and Cimicomorpha; Matija Gogala
    Vibrational Communication in Triatominae (Heteroptera); Claudio R. Lazzari, Gabriel Manrique, and Pablo E. Schilman
    Vibrational Communication in Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae); Reginald B. Cocroft and Gabriel D. McNett
    Acoustic Characters in Classification of Higher Taxa of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera); D. Yu. Tishechkin
    Acoustic Signals, Diversity, and Behaviour of Cicadas (Cicadidae, Hemiptera); Michel Boulard
    Vibratory Communication and Mating Behaviour in the European Lantern Fly Dictyophara europea (Dictyopharidae, Hemiptera); Hildegard Strübing
    Vibrational Communication in Psylloidea (Hemiptera); D. Yu. Tishechkin
    Mating Behaviour and Vibratory Signals in Whiteflies (Hemiptera: Aleyrodoidea); K. Kanmiya
    Communication by Vibratory Signals in Diptera; K. Kanmiya
    Stridulation in the Coleoptera - An Overview; Andreas Wessel
    Vibrational Communication in Dung Beetles (Scarabaeidae, Coleoptera); Julia Kasper and Petra Hirschberger
    Vibratory and Airborne-Sound Signals in Bee Communication (Hymenoptera); Michael Hrncir, Friedrich G. Barth, and Jürgen Tautz


    Sakis Drosopoulos, Michael F. Claridge

    This voluminous monograph (532 pp.) on insect sounds and communication is the first multi-author publication to comprehensively review the current state of research on sound communication within the most important insect orders. …Thirty-two chapters written by top specialists from all over the world cover general aspects of insect sounds, their relation to morphology, development and physiology, review techniques of sound analysis, and describe how different species generate and perceive sounds. … Insect Sound and Communication is an important milestone for all students of insect acoustics. However, it is written for a broader readership, including entomologists, evolutionary scientists, sensory physiologists and neuroscientists, and is also a welcome source of information for ethologists, ecologists and experts in audiosciences. Biology scholars with broad interests will also find it useful.
    —J. Ždárek, European Journal of Entomology, 103, 778, 2006

    In Insect Sounds and Communication, Sakis Drosopoulos and Michael F. Claridge have put together a volume that summarizes the current state of the discipline in insect bioacoustics…. It can be quite useful to have a brief review of a single question and a volume such as this is the ideal forum. Likewise, those contributions covering a particular system in more detail provide a valuable digest of the diversity of insect acoustic communication. Drosopoulos and Claridge have put together a volume that will benefit anyone with an interest in insect bioacoustics and that I, for one, expect to return frequently.
    —Andrew Mason, University of Toronto-Scarborough, Annals of Entomological Society of America, Vol. 102, No.4, July 2009

    The editors and publishers of this book maintained high standards…. This book should be bought by those who are deeply interested in acoustical communication in insects and by research libraries, so that their clients can benefit from a book that deals at length and in depth with sound communication in insect groups that most entomologists long thought were mute.
    —T. J. Walker, University of Florida, Florida Entomologist 89(3), September 2006