Sharpshooter Insects’ Sexy Vibrations Spell Trouble in the Vineyard | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 4, 2020

a vineyard might seem like a serene place but on its leaves and stems these insects are hitting a frenzied dating scene when it's time for these Bluegreen sharpshooters to look for a mate they shake their abdomens and send vibrations

Traveling through the vines while they have big eyes they are not great for spotting a cutie the vibrations are key to finding that special someone

This male's looking for the female he's been chatting up you up oh hey maybe maybe not all the sharpshooter's like this glassy winged one feed constantly they pierce

Plants with their stylet sucking out the watery sap to get the nutrients they need sharp shooters drink up to 300 times their body weight in sap each day they shoot out the excess liquid known as insect honeydew if you are sitting

Nearby you might feel a refreshing mist the problem is that while they gorge themselves sharp shooters unintentionally inject a bacterium into the vine that eventually kills the plant protecting California's grapevines from

This infection cost more than a hundred million dollars a year so entomologist Roderigo Krug nur and his team at the US Department of Agriculture are working on a solution he uses lasers to pick up the insects vibrations and turn them into

Sounds we can hear this male glassy winged sharpshooter puts himself out there this polka-dotted female is into him

But they can't quite get into the right position he tries his luck with another female but she gives him the leg lift that's sharpshooter for no thanks she's actually deferring to the other female crognard found that the female that

Calls the longest and the strongest becomes dominant and makes the other females quiet down she mates first the others have to wait so crognard got an idea he recorded and

Played back the call of a dominant female using an electromagnetic shaker hanging on a trellis he broadcast her vibrations in the vineyard and got the sharpshooter's to stop mating

This is just a prototype it's ultimate goal is to mess with the insects game but for now sharpshooters are still a connect

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