Animal Communication series

Juls Augley augley at
Tue Nov 7 14:45:08 EST 2000

mole-rats communicate by bashing their heads off their tunnel walls. A good
example of non-visual communication ?. David Attenborough explored this in
The Trials Of Life so maybe you could ask him.

"rick" <none at> wrote in message
news:3bTN5.22645$xJ4.1187979 at
> Re: Insect communication
> Also the fireflies (beetles-Lampyridae) communicate through their flashing
> lights.
> The ones that go in for massive synchronization of their display could
> a nice story.
> And the Lampyrid that "lies" by flashing the mating call of its prey to
> attract dinner.
> Rick
> 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.
> <snipped>
> >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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