Can flies hear purring crickets?

One of the perks of moving to the Twin Cities is that I’m close to my collaborator, Norman Lee. He is a talented neurobiologist and one of the only people to successfully rear the parasitoid fly that eats our Hawaiian crickets alive. With Norman and my amazing research partner and mentee, Aaron Wikle, we’ve been measuring neural and behavioral responses of flies to novel cricket songs like purring. Stay tuned (pun intended) to find out which cricket songs flies can most easily hear and which ones they prefer.