How to Silence a Cricket

A killer fly stalks noise-making crickets in Hawaii.

By Eric Jaffe, 00:00 AM September 21, 2006

Among the things that come to mind when thinking about night are darkness, the moon, bedtime, and, in many places, chirping crickets. The list may soon get shorter in the lowlands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where flies have targeted a type of cricket that originally came to Hawaii from the western Pacific.

These cricket-stalking flies, known as <span class=normal>Ormia ochracea</span>, are about the size of houseflies but have big red eyes and fly at dawn or dusk. The flies pinpoint the source of a cricket chirp, and a female deposits larvae on the unlucky

These cricket-stalking flies, known as Ormia ochracea, are about the size of houseflies but have big red eyes and fly at dawn or dusk. The flies pinpoint the source of a cricket chirp...

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