Insect Communication, Intraspecific

  • Franz Huber
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Intraspecific communication involves the emission of species-specific signals by one member (the sender), their reception and processing by a second member (the receiver), and an adaptive effect on the subsequent behavior of both organisms. Insects exhibit intraspecific communication strategies during reproductive as well as social behaviors, such as parental, agonistic, and group spacing tactics. Their communication deals with signal emission and reception in the chemical, visual, auditory, and vibratory modalities, and quite often several modalities are involved. Signals in some of these modalities deteriorate somewhat in traveling through the environment but keep their species-specific context.


Calling Song Intraspecific Communication Prothoracic Ganglion Mirror Image Pair Binaural Information 
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Further reading

Reviews and symposia

  1. Blum MS, Blum NA (1979): Sexual Selection and Reproductive Competition in Insects. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Kalmring K, Eisner N (1985): Acoustic and Vibrational Communication in Insects. Berlin and Hamburg: Verlag Paul PareyGoogle Scholar
  3. Lewis B (1983): Bioacoustics: A Comparative Approach. New York: Academic PressGoogle Scholar
  4. Thornhill B, Alcock J (1983): The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems. Cambridge: Harvard University PressGoogle Scholar

Original papers

  1. Huber F (1983): Neural correlates of Orthopteran and Cicada phono-taxis. In: Neuroethology and Behavioral Physiology, Huber F, Markl H, eds., pp 108–135. New York: Springer-VerlagCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Schildberger K (1984): Temporal selectivity of identified auditory neurons in the cricket brain. J Comp Physiol 155:171–185CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Thorson J, Weber T, Huber F (1982): Auditory behavior of the cricket. II. Simplicity of calling-song recognition in Gryllus, and anomalous phonotaxis at abnormal carrier frequencies. J Comp Physiol 146:361–378CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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