Crickets Make Such Excellent Thermometers!

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Unlike renegade mammals that live fast and play by their own thermal rules, cold-blooded reptiles and insects march to the beat of a more universal drum—ambient air temperature. You can see it in the speed at which ants walk and fireflies flash, or hear it in the cadence of a cricket’s love song. Their melodies are so precise, in fact, that you can even measure the temperature outside by how fast they chirp.

Let’s talk a bit about how crickets make their symphony of chirps in the first place. They employ a method known as stridulation…

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