Female crickets know when a male cricket of the same species is directing their mating call at them. A neural circuit in the female cricket’s brain pinpoints male crickets of the same species. The neural circuit is only five nerve cells yet it has a time delay mechanism which matches millisecond pauses in pulses.






Neural circuit in the cricket brain detects the rhythm of the right mating call

Scientists have identified an ingeniously elegant brain circuit consisting of just five nerve cells that allows female crickets to automatically identify the chirps of males from the same species through the rhythmic pulses hidden within the mating call.

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