- University of Toronto
The call of male Scudderia curvicauda (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) consists of a series of phrases, and each phrase contains syllables. Females respond to the male signal with ticks that follow male phrases after a specific period of time. Pair formation takes place after males locate the female using her response sounds.
We presented virgin females with a sequential choice of two tape-recorded male calls that differed only in the mean number of syllables produced per phrase.