Field crickets in Hawaii have lost their ability to chirp, BBC reports, but that may not be such a bad thing. Scientists analyzing the new trait say that the genetic mutation gives the insects an advantage: They can hide better from their deadly enemy, the parasitoid fly. The killer flies have a keen ability to zero in on a cricket’s location when it chirps, the researchers report online this week in Current Biology.
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