How is a tiny cricket able to make such a loud noise?


Picture of a tiny cricket on a leave.

Insect amplifiers


Have you ever wondered how the little tree cricket can pierce the air with such a loud sound?

Researchers believe that they have discovered the secret.

They observed a number of crickets “singing” with their bodies protruding through holes that they had gnawed in leaves.

Apparently they were using the leaves as a sounding board for amplification, as the noise level was far lower when they “sang” without the leaves.