Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 431–440 | Cite as

the effect of pair formation on diel calling patterns in two cricket species,Gryllus veletis andGryllodes sigillatus (Orthoptera: Gryllidae)

  • Dianne M. Burpee
  • Scott K. Sakaluk


After pair formation, male crickets should reduce calling to minimize the risks to males of attracting predators and/or rivals. We tested this hypothesis in two cricket species, one in which males exhibit a high mating propensity (Gryllus veletis)and another in which the mating propensity of males is constrained by the manufacture of elaborate, bipartite spermatophores (Gryllodes sigillatus).Calling durations of male G. veletisdeclined precipitously after the introduction of females but remained unchanged in G. sigillatus.We attribute the asymmetric effect of female proximity on male calling to differences in the mating propensity of males of the two species. Male G. veletisabstain from further calling in favor of repeated matings with the same female. Male G. sigillatusprobably lack the opportunity to mate repeatedly with the same female and, thus, resume calling shortly after mating to increase their probability of attracting additional mates.

Key words

acoustic signaling crickets mating spermatophore Gryllodes sigillatus Gryllus veletis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dianne M. Burpee
    • 1
  • Scott K. Sakaluk
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecology Group, Department of Biological SciencesIllinois State UniversityNormal

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