oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Responses of free-living cicadas (Homoptera: Cicadidae) to broadcasts of cicada songs

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Experiments and observations on the effects of calling song are presented. Conspecific calling song was found to attract females in Pycna semiclara and both sexes in Azanicada zuluensis. In five species calling song provoked silent males to begin calling. It is likely that the calling song plays a role in the acquisition of mates in all of the study species, and contributes to the formation and temporal organization of choruses in many of them.

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