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How Beetles Whistle
How Beetles Whistle

Do you know that the prominent decomposers, beetles have a unique way of whistling? The beetles can be found in various habitats across the world. They can survive multiple climates and environments. 

More About Beetles 

Female beetles usually lay hundreds of eggs, and many of them live around a year. Moreover, beetles are known to have the largest part in the entire animal kingdom, where almost a quarter of the population is beetles. The outer wings of beetles act like a rigid protective shield. This hardshell is known as elytra. They also have six paws with two horns on their head. 

How Do They Make Sound? 

The whistling beetle has a unique way of producing sound, that is by whistling from the top of their protective shell. Beetles don’t whistle with their mouth but do so with their tummy; this happens when they whoosh the air through the scales on their tummy. A slight variant is seen in other species of beetles but the mechanism remains the same.

How Beetles Whistle

Longicorns make the sound by rubbing their front par of the body against their back part and creating a squeaking sound. With the help of whistling, they communicate with each other about many things. They tell each other if there is any danger ahead or where they can find a safe space. 

The meaning behind the different types of whistles is:- 

#1 A low whistle 

They whistle in a very low volume when suspect danger. As they reach near risk, their whistling gets even lower. 

#2 High Whistles 

When an intruder tries to cross the territory, they whistle very high to define a domain. This whistling continues until the intruder is gone. 

#3 Three Short Whistles

When the beetles spot a fern, they spread the news by squeaking three short high whistles. They also do this when they spot a syrup tree.

Isn’t it wonderful to learn that even these small inhabitants are full of mystery? Whistling beetles are not only beautiful and whistle captivatingly, but also play a vital role in nature. 

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