Controlled Vocabulary: Mate location method

In most species, the male calls and the female remains silent while approaching her potential mate. However, in a few groups of Orthoptera and Cicadidae, the female signals acoustically to the male, who may modify his call rate in response. This female Response Song occurs during the mate location stage and is therefore different from the Agreement Song, which occurs when the male and female are within close proximity. Response songs are currently only known from three unrelated lineages in the Tettigoniidae (Robinson and Hall 2002) and some cicadas.

In some species the female moves towards the male (female phonotaxis), in others the male towards the female (male phonotaxis). In other species, the male and/or female will perform phonotaxis.

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