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How to avoid a bat
Current understanding of the co-evolution of bats and moths has been thrown into question following new research reported today in Current Biology. (2006-12-18)

Tiger moths: Mother Nature's fortune tellers
A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University shows Bertholdia trigona, a species of tiger moth found in the Arizona desert, can tell if an echo-locating bat is going to attack it well before the predator swoops in for the kill - making the intuitive, tiny-winged insect a master of self-preservation. (2013-06-03)

To elude bats, a moth keeps its hearing in tune
It has been known for over 50 years that moths can hear the ultrasonic hunting calls of their nocturnal predator, the bat. Moth ears are among the simplest in the insect world -- they have only two or four vibration-sensitive neurons attached to a small eardrum. Previously, it was thought that these ears were only partially sensitive to the sound frequencies commonly used by bats, and it would seem likely that by using high ultrasound, bats would make their hunting calls inaudible to moths. (2006-12-18)

Researchers discover world's most extreme hearing animal
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz -- the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world. (2013-05-08)

A moth and its flame: Mate selection found to evolve from response to flower odors
For the first time, Jothi Yuvaraj and colleagues at Lund University, Sweden, have identified the corresponding pheromone receptors (PRs) from a primitive leafminer moth, called Eriocrania semipurpurella. Then, they show that these receptors also respond to plant odors and propose a scenario in which pheromone receptors evolved from plant odor receptors. (2017-08-15)

Resilient gypsy moth continues to shrug off best pesticides
The gypsy moth, a highly destructive insect that has damaged millions of acres of forests and urban landscapes, continues to slowly spread throughout the country despite the use of safer, more effective pesticides, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2010-04-28)

Discovering a diamondback moth: Overlooked diversity in a global pest
A new species of diamondback moth has been discovered in Australia. It was previously overlooked because of its similarity with typical diamondback moths. Description of the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2013-08-29)

Research paves way for development of cyborg moth 'biobots'
Researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely-controlled moths, or 'biobots,' for use in emergency response. (2014-08-20)

What determines body size?
How does a growing organism determine what its final body size will be? In the moth Manduca sexta, also known as the tobacco hornworm and recognizable by its distinctive blue-green caterpillar, adult body size is largely determined at the end of larval life, when the caterpillar has reached it final weight and is about to metamorphose into a moth. (2006-08-01)

Industrial melanism linked to same gene in 3 moth species
The rise of dark forms of many species of moth in heavily polluted areas of 19th and 20th century Britain, known as industrial melanism, was a highly visible response to environmental change. But did the different species rely on the same gene to adapt? New research by the University of Liverpool reveals that three species of moth, including the famous peppered moth, indeed did. (2019-10-17)

Lychnis moth (Hadena bicruris) lays more eggs in isolated areas
The Lychnis moth (Hadena bicruris) is laying more eggs on white campion (Silene latifolia), due to the increasing fragmentation of the countryside. Dutch researcher Jelmer Elzinga studied how many white campion seeds were eaten by Lychnis moth caterpillars at various locations along the River Waal. (2005-02-11)

Towards a new moth perfume
A single mutation in a moth gene has been shown to be able to produce an entirely new scent. This has been shown in a new study led by researchers from Lund University in Sweden. In the long run, the researchers say that the results could contribute to tailored production of pheromones for pest control. (2013-02-19)

Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers
New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings vibrate and can absorb the sound frequencies used by bats for echolocation (biological sonar). The finding could help researchers develop bioinspired thin and lightweight resonant sound absorbers. (2018-11-12)

No safety in numbers for moths and butterflies
Scientists at the University of Leeds are to investigate how lethal viruses attack differently sized populations of moths and butterflies in research that may open the door to new methods of pest control. (2011-05-10)

Unlocking genome of world's worst insect pest
Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Melbourne in Australia and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are on the brink of a discovery which will facilitate the development of new, safe, more sustainable ways of controlling the world's worst agricultural insect pest -- the moth, Helicoverpa armigera. (2008-06-17)

Rare moth in severe decline at its last English site
Numbers of a rare species of moth -- found only in York in England -- have tumbled in recent years, a team including researchers from the University of York have discovered. (2016-06-22)

Biologist discovers pink-winged moth in Chiricahua Mountains
University of Arizona biologist and amateur insect collector Bruce Walsh has published his discovery of a new species of moth. The moth has distinct bright pink wings, which prompted Walsh to name it after his wife. (2009-06-09)

Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
By engineering plants that emitted sex pheromones that mimic those naturally produced by two species of moths, researchers have demonstrated that an effective, environmentally friendly, plant-based method of insect control is possible. (2014-02-26)

Immaculate white: New moth species preferring dry habitats is a rare case for Florida
Spreading its wings over the sandhills and scrub of peninsular Florida, a moth species with immaculately white wings has remained unnoticed by science until Dr. James Hayden and Terhune Dickel set it apart from a very similar species. As a result of their research, published in the open-access journal ZooKeys, the authors have also included a key to facilitate the recognition of different pale-winged moths and their close relatives. (2015-11-10)

New moth in Europe: A southern hemisphere species now resident in Portugal
As travelling in the 21st century is easier than ever, so is for species to make their way to new areas, sometimes increasing their distributional range, or even establishing whole new habitats. Such is the case of a small, darkish brown moth from the southern hemisphere that is now resident in central Portugal. The discovery is published in the open access journal Nota Lepidopterologica. (2017-01-25)

Deaf moth evolves sound-production as a warning to outwit its predator
A genus of deaf moth has evolved to develop an extraordinary sound-producing structure in its wings to evade its primary predator the bat. The finding, made by researchers from the University of Bristol and Natural History Museum, is described in Scientific Reports today. (2019-02-05)

From plant odorant detection to sex pheromone communication
Biologists at Lund University in Sweden are now able to show that the receptors enabling the primitive moth species, Eriocrania semipurpurella, find an individual of the opposite sex, probably evolved from receptors which help the moth perceive the fragrances of plants. (2017-08-25)

'Jumping gene' took peppered moths to the dark side
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have identified and dated the genetic mutation that gave rise to the black form of the peppered moth, which spread rapidly during Britain's industrial revolution. (2016-06-01)

Deaf moths evolved noise-cancelling scales to evade prey
Some species of deaf moths can absorb as much as 85 per cent of the incoming sound energy from predatory bats -- who use echolocation to detect them. The findings, published in Royal Society Interface today, reveal the moths, who are unable to hear the ultrasonic calls of bats, have evolved this clever defensive strategy to help it survive. (2020-02-25)

American oak skeletonizer moth invades Europe
The North American oak skeletonizer, a very small moth, has invaded North West Europe since 1989, and feeds commonly on planted Northern red oaks in the Netherlands, Belgium and adjacent Germany. This is only the second North American insect ever found in Europe on the American red oaks. (2012-11-19)

The moth versus the crowd -- Tracking an alien invader of conker trees using people power
An army of citizen scientists has helped the professionals understand how a tiny (2014-01-22)

Russian scientists make discovery that can help remove gypsy moths from forests
The caterpillars of Lymantria dispar or Gypsy Moth are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests. Sometimes they can even make harm for coniferous forests. Gypsy Moths are widely spread in Europe, Asia and Northern America. (2019-05-20)

A fluttering accordion
Scientists from the Universities Jena and Kiel, the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena and the University Hospital Jena looked into the unique way of the Death's head hawkmoths producing sounds. They analyzed that the Death's head hawkmoth produces its sounds in a similar way to an accordion. (2015-08-04)

Gypsy moths wreak havoc, but their own enemies are not far behind
If you live in a section of the country where gypsy moths are a relatively new menace, have no fear, help is not far behind. Cornell University entomologist Ann Hajek told a national conference earlier this month that when the gypsy moth -- whose caterpillars have defoliated entire forests - started spreading westward more than 100 years ago from New England to Wisconsin, its fungal and viral pathogens followed close behind. (2010-06-10)

Moth gift: Winner of an eBay auction thanks his mother by naming a new species after her
Winner of an eBay auction Steve Mix received the opportunity to pick the name for a new species of satiny-white winged moth collected from the white gypsum dunes of the White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. A fan of butterflies and moths himself, he chose to honor his supportive and encouraging mother Delinda Mix, so the moth is now formally listed under the species name delindae. It is described in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2017-02-20)

Looking different to your parents can be an evolutionary advantage
Looking different to your parents can provide species with a way to escape evolutionary dead ends, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). (2016-08-08)

Edge density key to controlling gypsy moth spread
Controlling population peaks on the edges of the gypsy moth range may help to slow their invasion into virgin territory, according to a team of researchers. (2006-11-15)

Ash Tree Yields Potent Weapons In The War On Gypsy Moths
A ubiquitous tree that graces many city and suburban streets has given scientists an arsenal of new chemicals with which to fight the gypsy moth, one of the world's most feared defoliators. (1996-07-24)

New species of leafminer on grapevine in Western Cape came from wild grapes
A new species of leafmining moth has been discovered and described from grapevines in Western Cape. A new study published in ZooKeys looks into the morphology and biology of the potential pest. (2015-06-09)

Oaks' Defenses Help Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Fend Off Virus
The relationship between gypsy moth caterpillars, the virus that kills them and the oak leaves they feast on is more complicated than expected, and leaf enzymes as well as tannins play an important role, according to a Penn State entomologist. (1997-08-14)

All specialized insect predators not suitable for biological control
An enemy is an enemy is an enemy, but some natural enemies are better than others at controlling prey populations and some enemies are ineffective, even though they are specialized, according to a Penn State entomologist. (2001-02-20)

UMass Amherst entomologists begin to control winter moth infestation in eastern Massachusetts
A six-year campaign to control invasive winter moths with a natural parasite led by entomologist Joe Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts Amherst now has concrete evidence that a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, has been established and is attacking the pest at four sites in Seekonk, Hingham, Falmouth and Wellesley. It's the beginning of the end for the decade-long defoliation of eastern Massachusetts trees by the invasive species. (2011-09-07)

The devil's helmet for a legendary tiger moth
The Menetries' tiger moth (Borearctia menetriesii) is the most rare and enigmatic representative among the Palearctic Arctiinae. During an expedition in almost inaccessible wild taiga area of Eastern Siberia, Russian scientists had the luck to encounter it. During their studies they also recorded feeding larva of this mysterious species on a native devil's helmet host plant for the first time. The study was published in the open-access journal Nota Lepidopterologica. (2015-03-16)

Some moths behave like butterflies to mate
A new study led by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researcher Víctor Sarto describes a striking example of evolutionary convergence in the order of Lepidoptera. A diurnal moth species has adopted sexual communication rules that are specific to butterflies and has even lost pheromone glands (2016-04-28)

Mammal testing could be cut by moth larvae
The number of mammals used in animal testing could be cut dramatically and replaced with moth larvae. (2017-01-23)

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