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The unique purring song of chrysoperla comanche banks a green lacewing of the rufilabris spp group neuroptera chrysopidae



The unique purring song of chrysoperla comanche banks a green lacewing of the rufilabris spp group neuroptera chrysopidae



Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 91(2): 133-142



The courtship song of Chrysoperla comanche, a common green lacewing from western North America, is described and compared to that of its apparent closest relative, C. rufilabris. It was found to consist of a single long (about 15 seconds) volley of abdominal vibration, producing a substrate-borne signal that steadily increased in amplitude from beginning to end. Its primary frequency averaged about 87 Hz at 27.degree. C, and was modulated in amplitude by simultaneous low frequency vibrations caused by slower oscillations of the abdomen. Both sexes made identical calls, and each female answered the male's signal halfway through his song. Temperature affected the song's phenotype, so linear regression equations were used to compare features at any temperature. Unique song characteristics shared between C. comanche and its sister species, C. rufilabris, reflect their close relationship and phylogenetic distinctness from the Chrysoperla carnea group.

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