Animal Communication series

rick none at
Tue Nov 7 08:10:23 EST 2000

Re: Insect communication
Also the fireflies (beetles-Lampyridae) communicate through their flashing
The ones that go in for massive synchronization of their display could make
a nice story.
And the Lampyrid that "lies" by flashing the mating call of its prey to
attract dinner.


Chris Raper wrote in message ...
>On Mon, 06 Nov 2000 14:09:38 GMT, Bridget.Appleby at wrote:
>Hi Bridget
>[cc'd to BA] I have posted this back to the group(s) because I think
>we could get some interesting discussions going from this thread.
>>I am writing from the Natural History Unit at the BBC. We are making a
>>series of programmes called 'Charlotte Uhlenbroek talks to the
>>Animals', which is about how animals communicate. We are looking for
>>unusual and surprising stories about how animals communicate, and would
>>be grateful for any ideas people could give us.

>Other insect groups use sound (as in the grasshoppers & crickets) but
>I can't think of many examples in the world of lepidoptera though. I
>know the Central/South American Hamadryas spp. ('Crackers') make
>clicking sounds in flight but I am not sure if this is comminication
>between butterflies or to scare off predators.
>Best wishes,
>Chris R.


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