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How do insects communicate with others of the same species?

How do insects communicate with others of the same species?
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The exchange of information between individuals is termed as ‘communication’. Human beings communicate through speech, written language, sign language, body language, Braille, Morse code, etc.

The exchange of information between individuals is termed as ‘communication’. Human beings communicate through speech, written language, sign language, body language, Braille, Morse code, etc. But the language of insects is entirely innate; every insect is born with a distinctive vocabulary which is shared with other members of the similar species.

According to the ethnologists communication is defined as an action or condition on the part of an organism that alters the behaviour of another organism in an adaptive way. An insect may send a signal of communication by doing something like making noise, releasing chemicals, or flash a light or the signal may be inherent part of the insect’s physical make-up, such as pattern of wings, colour of the body or surface chemistry.

Some experts say that insects communicate with its identical species by secreting chemicals called pheromones, these are the chemical messengers between individuals of the same species which generate scents for gathering, defensive action, or to attract its partner, even the blood sucking insects find their prey through scents. This phenomenon was studied by Researchers of Regensburg University and developed a mixture of scents which smells like human skin and attracts tiger mosquitoes.

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