November 13, 2007
Free Market Crickets

Here we learn that crickets in Utah are already living the Republican dream:

But in the deserts of Utah, Dr. Couzin and his colleagues discovered that giant swarms may actually be made up of a lot of selfish individuals.

Mormon crickets will sometimes gather by the millions and crawl in bands stretching more than five miles long. Dr. Couzin and his colleagues ran experiments to find out what caused them to form bands. They found that the forces behind cricket swarms are very different from the ones that bring locusts together. When Mormon crickets cannot find enough salt and protein, they become cannibals.

“Each cricket itself is a perfectly balanced source of nutrition,” Dr. Couzin said. “So the crickets, every 17 seconds or so, try to attack other individuals. If you don’t move, you’re likely to be eaten.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 13, 2007 11:59 AM
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At home Americans live like the crickets. Overseas, we are more like Thoreau's Brute Neighbors.

Posted by: Buck on November 13, 2007 6:41 PM

Luckily for the ants, they have no nervous system.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on November 18, 2007 3:12 PM
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