Transmission of Vibrations along Plant Stems: Implications for Insect Communication

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1980
Authors:P. D. Bell
Journal:Journal of the New York Entomological Society
Keywords:bioacoustics, communication, crickets, oecanthinae, vibration

Many insects are known to communicate with percussive vibration and vibrations transduced with acoustic songs via plant tissue. Artificial percussive vibrations degrade in acceleration and velocity away from a vibration source along plant stems; the free and distorting and loosing energy faster than the fixed end. Woody stemmed plants vibrate within a narrow frequency band and thus transmit signals further than fleshy ones.

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