Probing Acoustic Communication during Fly Reproductive Behaviors

Anne C. von Philipsborn, Galit Shohat-Ophir, Carolina Rezaval

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During reproduction, male and female flies use wing vibration to generate different acoustic signals. Males produce a courtship song before copulation that is easily recognized by unilateral wing vibration. In copula, females produce a distinct sound pattern (copulation song) with both wings. Sexual rejection of immature virgins and aggressive encounters between males are also accompanied by sound pulses generated by wing flicks. Fly song has frequency ranges audible to the human ear and can be directly listened to after appropriate amplification. When displayed in an oscillogram, audio recordings can be mapped on wing-movement patterns and thus provide a fast and precise method to sample and quantify motor behaviors with high temporal resolution. After recording different fly sounds, their effect on behavior can be tested in playback experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-471
Number of pages6
JournalCold Spring Harbor Protocols
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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