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Body vibration and sound production in an insect (Atta sexdens) without specialized radiating structures

Masters, W. Mitch; Tautz, Jurgen; Fletcher, Neville H.; Markl, Hubert


The leaf cutting antAtta sexdens stridulates using a file-and-scraper device (Markl 1968). The temporal and spectral characteristics of the cuticular vibration and airborne sound are fairly typical of the stridulatory sounds of insects that lack specialized radiating structures (Masters 1980). We used laser-Doppler vibrometry (LDV) to measure the velocity of different points on the ant's body during stridulation to determine what sorts of body vibration are produced by the impact of the scraper...[Show more]

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Date published: 1983
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology ? A
DOI: 10.1007/BF00606374


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