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Chemical defenses allow some moths to escape predatory bats

January 9, 2020

A new NSF-supported study published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution reveals that less appetizing moths are more nonchalant when attacked by bats, whereas…
Moths and Perhaps Other Animals Rely on Precise Timing of Neural Spikes

December 18, 2019

Extracting nectar from flowers that may be dancing in the wind requires precise, millisecond timing between the brain…
‘Industrial melanism’ linked to same gene in three moth species

October 18, 2019

The rise of dark forms of many species of moth in heavily polluted areas of 19th and 20th…
Study explores moth brains to improve drone flight

September 26, 2019

Insects’ brains are small and limited. Yet they fly with speed, grace and accuracy, responding quickly to changing…
The moth making waves in sound technology

June 6, 2019

A new ultra-thin sound proofing material inspired by the tiny sound absorbent scales found on the wings of…
Deaf moth evolves sound-production as a warning to outwit its predator

February 14, 2019

A genus of deaf moth has evolved to develop an extraordinary sound-producing structure in its wings to evade…
Street lights could be turned off for a part of the night only to help moths

January 27, 2019

Human activity is disturbing the wildlife – that’s not a secret to anyone. Street lighting may seem innocent,…
Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers

November 20, 2018

New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings…
Gang Bao and his colleagues at Rice University are combining nanoparticles, magnets and a virus that infects moths to create a new way to deliver gene therapy to people with inherited genetic diseases. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
How moths and magnets could save lives

November 14, 2018

Experimental Rice U. therapy could repair mutations that cause genetic diseases A new technology that relies on a…
Moth females use scent proximity to attract mates

December 29, 2017

Female moths deemed unworthy or unattractive to male moths can increase their odds of attracting a mate by…
Unattractive moths increase their chances of mating by being close to attractive ones

December 24, 2017

Rude people often say that pretty girls should hang out with ugly ones just to make their beauty…
The Value of Nutrition and Exercise, According to a Moth

February 24, 2017

Quick! Name the top-performing athletes in the animal kingdom. Cheetah? Try again. Blue whale? Nope. Here’s a clue:…
Many-plumed moths vs. bats

February 2, 2017

Bats and moths have been engage in acoustic warfare more than 60 million years. The interactions between bats…
Moth takes advantage of defensive compounds in Physalis fruits

August 26, 2016

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology found that the specialist moth Heliothis subflexa benefits from…
Luna moth’s long tail could confuse bat sonar through its twist

August 21, 2016

The long hindwing tails sported by many moths have long been suspected as a strategy to confound predators.…
‘Jumping gene’ took peppered moths to the dark side

June 2, 2016

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have identified and dated the genetic mutation that gave rise to the…
What a moth’s nose knows

February 1, 2016

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna…
New moth may curb pests, delay Bt crop resistance

July 17, 2015

Diamondback moths are notorious pests of crucifer crops, including canola and such vegetables as cabbages, broccoli and mustards,…
Virginia Tech gets jump on destructive insect in Nepal

April 20, 2015

A tiny moth, Tuta absoluta, has caused millions of dollars of crop losses in Europe, Mediterranean countries, the…
3-D printed blossoms a growing tool for ecology

April 18, 2015

3-D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants. Now, University of Washington ecologists…
New ‘enigma’ moth helps crack evolution’s code

March 4, 2015

It is less than 10mm long, but the aptly named ‘enigma’ moth recently discovered on Kangaroo Island in…
Similarities in moth pheromone synthesis and human stress/appetite control

August 6, 2014

The successful propagation of many moth species is dependent on the female’s ability to attract conspecific (same-species) males…
Love at First Sniff: Male Moths Go by First Impressions

April 18, 2013

An international team of researchers, including an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, has an explanation for…
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