Th is volume provides a comprehensive selection of recent studies addressing insect
hearing and acoustic communication. Th e variety of signalling behaviours and hearing
organs makes insects highly suitable animals for exploring and analysing signal generation
and hearing in the context of neural processing, ecology, evolution and genetics.
Across a variety of hearing species like moths, crickets, bush-crickets, grasshoppers,
cicadas and fl ies, the leading researchers in the fi eld cover recent scientifi c progress and
address key points in current research, such as:
• How can we approach the evolution of hearing in insects and what is the
developmental and neural origin of the auditory organs?
• How are hearing and sound production embedded in the natural lifestyle of the
animals, allowing intraspecifi c communication but also predator avoidance and
• What are the functional properties of hearing organs and how are they achieved
at the molecular, biophysical and neural levels?
• What are the neural mechanisms of central auditory processing and signal
Th e book is intended for students and researchers both inside and outside of the fascinating
fi eld of bioacoustics and aims to foster understanding of hearing and acoustic
communication in insects.