Stop and drop, cricket style

Published May 19, 2020

Sword-tailed crickets in Panama have developed a nifty trick for evading bats: They’ve learned to distinguish the bats’ ultrasonic echolocation sounds from the jungle background noise.

When a bat gets within seven meters (22.9 feet in Freedom Units™) the crickets stop flying and drop silently to evade the hungry rodents. And the louder the bat, the further the cricket will let itself fall.

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