Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What was the source of last night’s crazy wailing and whooping? The culprit looks every bit as odd as it sounds!

A Heteronotus treehopper (Ecuador)

Treehoppers communicate with vibration, and the recording I featured last night was the courtship signal a male Heteronotus broadcasts along a plant stem to woe females. I borrowed the clip from Rex Cocroft’s collection –> be sure to follow the links to NPR’s coverage of the amazing singing treehoppers.

Anyway. The point tally.

The full ten points for this mystery go to the talented Ainsley Seago, who was the first to both the family and the genus.

Since we’re at the end of the month, it’s also time to announce the May winners. With 11 points each for the month, we have a two-way tie between Ainsley Seago and Gordon Snelling. Congratulations- email me for your loot!

3 thoughts on “Answer to the Monday Night Mystery”

  1. just wondering… so, are are those convoluted pronotal structures kinds of musical instruments, elaborated flute or sthg? Clearly I know nothing about how these guy produce their sounds.. How do they do it? How do they produce their calls? :$

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