Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 797–804 | Cite as

Singing of Neoconocephalus robustus as an example of deterministic chaos in insects

  • Tina P. Benko
  • Matjaž Perc


We use nonlinear time series analysis methods to analyse the dynamics of the sound-producing apparatus of the katydid Neoconocephalus robustus. We capture the dynamics by analysing a recording of the singing activity. First, we reconstruct the phase space from the sound recording and test it against determinism and stationarity. After confirming determinism and stationarity, we show that the maximal Lyapunov exponent of the series is positive, which is a strong indicator for the chaotic behaviour of the system. We discuss that methods of nonlinear time series analysis can yield instructive insights and foster the understanding of acoustic communication among insects.


Chaos time series analysis insect sound katydid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and MathematicsUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and MathematicsUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia

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