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Now you see me! New insect mimics dead leaves -- but sings loud enough for humans to hear

19:00 EST 12 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(University of Lincoln) A new species of bushcricket which mimics dead leaves to the point of near invisibility and sings so loud humans can hear it has been examined for the first time using advanced technologies to reveal unusual acoustic properties of its wings. Scientists investigating the newly-described species, named Typophyllum spurioculis, found that when the males sing the entire wing resonates at the frequency of the call -- something which does not happen in other species of bushcrickets.

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