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Male Mosquitoes’ ‘Phantom Tone’ Helps Amplify Sound of Female

The mixing of the two sounds, of the female wingbeat and the male’s own wingbeat, generates an additional distortion tone, or ‘auditory illusion’ that’s only present in the antennae (or in the ears of mammals). The flagella’s spontaneous vibrations change to be the exact same frequency as the female wingbeat, to maximally amplify the illusion.

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