Three groups of insects, crickets, katydids and cicadas may be called insect musicians. The first two, crickets and katydids create sound by stridulation, i.e. rubbing specially modified body parts against each another. Cicadas on the other hand have a unique noise making organ, a tymbal which is located on the front side of the hollow
Relying on your ears alone often means that you are missing some amazing sounds and experiences from the natural world. This all changes when incorporating a set of headphones and a recording device. Some years ago we were given the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes to record vocalisations of a range of reptiles at the amazing Hoedspruit Reptile Centre close to our home.
Some years ago, when chatting to soundscape ecologist Dr Bernie Krause he asked “have you ever heard ants communicating?”. He said “find an ant’s nest in the garden and place a lavaliere microphone over the entrance and sit back with your headphones on and wait to see what happens…”