Entries on ‘Crickets’

4 Oct 2010

Cannibal Crickets Poet – From the archives of Improbable Research

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Every week, Improbable Research (the organization that, among other things, administers the famous Ig Nobel Prizes) organizes a limerick contest to honor a scientist or a scientific study. Back in 2006, one of these weekly contests was dedicated to one of Iain's article: "Cannibal Crickets On A Forced March for Protein and Salt", 2006, Simpson et al., […]

24 Sep 2009

Current Biology, PNAS: Cannibalism and collective behavior in swarming insects

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One of the most striking and devastating examples of collective movement is exhibited by locusts. Swarms of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, can devour large areas of vegetation and have a huge social and economic impact on humans, affecting the livelihood of one in ten people on the planet in plague years. How do these […]