Mating | St. Louis Public Radio


Researchers at SLU eavesdropped on treehopper love songs to better understand how climate change might affect mating in this insect species.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The insects in your backyard are having conversations at this very moment — but you can’t hear most of them.

Many communicate by producing tiny vibrations that travel through plant leaves and stems, like Morse code. 

St. Louis University researchers are studying treehoppers, insects common to Missouri and Illinois, to understand how climate change might affect their mating songs. Based on years of research, they report male treehoppers change their songs depending on temperature, but females still find the new songs attractive.