Intraspecific variability in the tapping behavior of the deathwatch beetle,Xestobium rufovillosum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae)

@article{White2005IntraspecificVI,
  title={Intraspecific variability in the tapping behavior of the deathwatch beetle,Xestobium rufovillosum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae)},
  author={P. R. White and M. Birch and S. Church and C. Jay and Edwin Rowe and J. J. Keenlyside},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={549-562}
}
Taps were recorded from 46 male and 30 female deathwatch beetles, Xestobium rufovillosum.Beetles tap by striking the frons of the head on the substrate 4–11 times, at a frequency of about 11 Hz. There were no significant differences between the sexes in the number of strikes per tap, or in the frequency of the strikes, although there was significant variation between individuals of both sexes in both of these parameters. Males usually initiate a sequence of taps, to which females reply. Females… Expand
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