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1. Sound production by aquatic insects is found in four orders — Trichoptera, Odonata, Heteroptera and Coleoptera.
The mating behaviour of a boreal water beetle, Dytiscus alaskanus (Coleoptera Dytiscidae)
The mating behaviour of Dytiscus alaskanus was studied in the laboratory using frame-by-frame analysis of time-lapse video tape and found that the prolonged postcopulatory period may be a form of guarding that has different functions depending on season.
The adhesive strength of the palettes of males of a boreal water beetle, Dytiscus alaskanus J. Balfour Browne (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)
The ability of the palette to hold nearly 4 times the mass of a female may be needed to overcome the force generated by an accelerating female.
Shallow-water propagation of frequencies in aquatic insect sounds
  • R. Aiken
  • Environmental Science
  • 1 December 1982
The possible use of sounds produced by aquatic insects over distances similar to those of terrestrial insects was examined. Pure tones, spanning the range of those found in aquatic insect sounds,
The Relationship between Body Weight and Homosexual Mounting in Palmacorixa Nana Walley (Heteroptera: Corixidae)
The weights of mounting and mounted animals show that mounters are seeking animals larger than themselves, since females are larger than males, this behaviour results in some proportion of correct choice of mates.
Effects of group density on call rate, phonokinesis, and mating success in Palmacorixa nana (Heteroptera: Corixidae)
Phonokinetic responses of male and female P. nana to groups of conspecific males were consistent with an assessment of the reproductive costs and benefits of associating with a group, and in denser aggregations, males had more copulations per mounting attempt but had more agonistic interactions and mating interference from other males.
Protean behaviour of a neustonic insect: factors releasing the fright reaction of whirligig beetles (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae)
Whirligig beetles are common neustonic insects whose response to approach of any object is a rapid, irregular swimming, and the role of this response in a more comprehensive antipredator stategy is considered.