The Evolution of Hearing in Insects as an Adaptation to Predation from Bats

  • Ronald R. Hoy


In a volume devoted to the evolutionary biology of hearing it is worth emphasizing that among terrestrial animals, only the vertebrates and insects have evolved specialized receptor systems for hearing. Like other sensory modalities hearing subserves survival behavior of which two stand out: reproductive behavior and predator detection. Hearing mediates both behaviors in a wide variety of vertebrates and insects, and especially among nocturnally active species in both. I will briefly touch on the well-known role of hearing in the reproductive hearing of insects since it is the subject of other chapters in this volume (Michelsen, Chapter 5; Romer, Chapter 6; Lewis, Chapter 7), and I will devote most of this chapter to the evolution of insect hearing in relation to predators.


Acoustic Startle Response Tiger Beetle Chordotonal Organ Hearing Organ Green Lacewing 
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