Insect Hearing provides a broadly based view of the functions, mechanisms, and evolution of hearing in insects. With a single exception, the chapters focus on problems of hearing and their solutions, rather than being focused on particular taxa. The exception, hearing in Drosophila, is justified because, due to its ever growing toolbox of genetic and optical techniques, Drosophila is rapidly becoming one of the most important model systems in neurobiology, including the neurobiology of hearing.
Auditory systems, whether insectan or vertebrate, must perform a number of basic tasks: capturing mechanical stimuli and transducing these into neural activity, representing the timing and frequency of sound signals, distinguishing between behaviorally relevant signals and other sounds and localizing sound sources. Studying how these are accomplished in insects offers a valuable comparative view that helps to reveal general principles of auditory function.
Preface.- Introduction to Insect Acoustics.- Evolution of Acoustic Communication in Insects.- Behavioral Ecology of Insect Acoustic Communication.- Hearing for Defense.- Vibrational Signaling.- Mechanical Specializations of Insect Ears.- Auditory Transduction.- Central Neural Processing of Sound Signals in Insects.- Information Processing in the Auditory Pathway of Insects.- Hearing in Drosophila.- Index.