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Insects Songs Cicada Deaths Head Hawkmoths Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches



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Humans can sing. Animals can also sing, so insects can also sing. Insects are small creatures that crawl, fly, sip, hop and of course make sounds. They were the first or earliest organisms to produce and also locate sounds. Insects create sounds by using their appendages for mechanical action. These sounds they emit are for mating, communication and alarm call. There are certain species of insects that really creates sounds and it’s even loud.

               The cicadas are really known not only of their large size but also for their amazing acoustics. The male cicadas produce the loudest sound. These sounds are created by their appendages called “timbals.” These are thin membranous portions that if the insect rapidly vibrates it would produce clicks. The noise changes as they wiggle their selves towards and away from the tree. Each species of cicadas has their own distinct sound. The loudest sound that a cicada can produce is 120 decibels.

               The grasshoppers, crickets and locusts produce their sounds doing stridulation. It’s the use of their wings or legs being rubbed together to create the sounds. The wings or the legs have ridged bumps which the mechanism of the sounds are produced. The sound produced by their wings is called “crepitation” or “wing snapping.” The purpose of the sounds of these insects is for finding a mate.

               The Madagascar hissing cockroaches also produce sounds as the name suggested. Their hissing are produced by exhaling air through their breathing holes, just as some for the mammals such as the whales and dolphins, but it is through their respiratory system. Their hissing sounds are used for their mating ritual and also for alarm cries.

               The bumblebees create the buzzing sound caused by beating of their wings. This sound is produced due to the vibrating of its flight muscles. They are able to do this if the wings are decoupled.

               Death’s-head hawkmoths have a distinguished mark of vaguely human skull-shaped pattern markings on their thorax. They emit a loud squeak if they are irritated. This is produced by pushing out air from their pharynx. The air is forced out of their proboscis when they are attacked.

               The songs in the natural world, in the wild, or in the jungle are different from the songs of the human beings. Songs are produced by animals and insects because they have important purposes. It’s to reproduce, defend their territory or theirselves and a communication among them. This makes the natural world create music on its own creatures.

http://musicofnature.org/songsofinsects/singinginsects.html

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