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Northern moths may fare better under climate warming than expected
Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid climate warming, according to a new Dartmouth-Finnish study based on the most extensive analyses yet conducted of seasonal patterns in forest animals. (2013-09-24)

Fungal spore 'death clouds' key in gypsy moth fight
A fungus known to decimate populations of gypsy moths creates 'death clouds' of spores that can travel more than 40 miles to potentially infect populations of invasive moths, according to a new Cornell study. (2017-08-30)

Moth Man's prophecies at global warming conference
World experts on global warming gathering at the University of Leicester will discuss this week -- amongst other topics -- the danger posed to forests in Siberia by global warming ... and a moth. (2006-09-18)

Four new species of plume moths discovered in Bahamas
Deborah Matthews hunts for plume moths in darkness, waiting for the halo of her headlamp to catch a brief flicker. Her vigilance helped her discover four new species in the Bahamas. (2019-06-07)

Diamondback moth host-parasite interaction unraveled
In a new article published in the open-access journal BMC Genomics, researchers from Australia have identified the genes expressed when the diamondback moth is attacked by a parasitic wasp, which could have significant implications for controlling this notorious pest. (2011-09-09)

Moths' flight data helps drones navigate complex environments
The flight navigation strategy of moths can be used to develop programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments, report Ioannis Paschalidis at Boston University, Thomas Daniel at University of Washington, and colleagues, in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. (2020-01-09)

Which came first, the moth or the cactus?
It's not a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket -- unless you're a senita moth. Found in the parched Sonoran desert, the moths have a rare, mutually dependent relationship with senita cacti, one of only three known dependencies in which an insect actively pollinates flowers for the purpose of assuring a food resource for its offspring. Rice University ecologists are using the relationship to test new theories of community ecology. (2007-08-13)

Moth genitalia is the key to snout grass borers from the Western Hemisphere
Two scientists have produced an illustrated key to define the subtle differences between the 41 species of snout moth grass borers that currently dwell in the Western Hemisphere. The researchers conclude that the adults are too tough to tell apart by external characters, and therefore, the only way to identify the species is with the male and female genitalia. This research was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2016-02-29)

An important function of non-nucleated sperm
Some animals form characteristic infertile spermatozoa called parasperm, which differ in size and shape compared to fertile sperm produced by single males. A research team at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Japan has identified the gene involved in the formation of the apyrene sperm and has revealed the important function of the apyrene sperm in fertilization using the silk moth. (2019-04-29)

Nanostructures modeled on moth eyes effective for anti-icing
Researchers have been working for decades on improving the anti-icing performance of functional surfaces and work published in AIP Advances investigates a unique nanostructure, modeled on moth eyes, that has anti-icing properties. Moth eyes are of interest because they have a distinct ice-phobic and transparent surface. The researchers fabricated the moth eye nanostructure on a quartz substrate that was covered with a paraffin layer to isolate it from a cold and humid environment. (2020-08-04)

From pecan to walnut: American leafminer invades Italy on a new tree
A leafminer that has been invading Italian walnut orchards since 2010, has been shown to be identical to the North American species that feeds on hickories and pecan. The identity of these moths as Coptodisca lucifluella was proved by DNA barcoding and morphological study. Probably the moth invaded the new host plant after it invaded Italy. The leafminer is already widespread in Italy but the level of damage does not seem to be worrisome. (2015-02-03)

Camouflage of moths: Secrets to invisibility revealed
Moth wing coloration is shaped by natural selection to match the patterns of natural substrates, such as a tree bark or leaves, on which the moths rest. But, according to recent findings, the match in the appearance is not sufficient to provide perfect camouflage. Recent study revealed that moths are walking on the tree bark until they settle down for resting at a place and body position that makes them practically invisible. (2012-07-31)

Tiny moth from Asia spreading fast on Siberian elms in eastern North America
Since 2010, a tiny moth originating from East Asia has been spreading over eastern North America. Its green larvae, or caterpillars, make narrow tunnels in the leaves of Siberian elms. Sometimes very abundant, they can be seen to descend en masse from the trees when they are done feeding. The moth species was described independently from Russia as Stigmella multispicata in 2014. (2018-09-17)

Rare footage of a new clearwing moth species from Malaysia reveals its behavior
Unique footage of a shiny blue, elusive new species of clearwing moth has been recorded in a primeval rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia. Entomologist Marta Skowron Volponi from the University of Gdansk, Poland and nature filmmaker Paolo Volponi, associated with ClearWing Foundation for Biodiversity, teamed up to study and film this remarkable wasp-imitating moth and reveal its unknown behavior. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2017-09-05)

Hanging baskets of sex and death help fruit growers
A hanging basket style device is at the heart of a plan by researchers at the University of Warwick to harness the sex drive of a major pest of fruit orchards as a weapon to spread a virus to kill that very same pest. The device allows growers to selectively target the pest with a virus that kills its larvae without killing other beneficial insects. (2005-09-20)

Lyin' eyes: Butterfly, moth eyespots may look the same, but likely evolved separately
The iconic eyespots that some moths and butterflies use to ward off predators likely evolved in distinct ways, providing insights into how these insects became so diverse. (2020-05-06)

Unusual host preference of a moth species could be useful for biological control
A team of Iranian researchers from the Rice Research Institute of Iran have discovered that Gynnodomorpha permixtana, a well-known moth species from Europe and Asia, has changed its host preferences in order to adjust to Iran's northern region environmental conditions. The importance of this adaptation for biological control of problematic weeds in rice fields and the biology of the host have been described in the open-access journal Nota Lepidopterologica. (2014-09-11)

What a moth's nose knows
A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the senses. (2016-01-27)

Portuguese moth's mystery solved after 22 years
An unknown moth, collected from Portugal 22 years ago, has finally been named and placed in the tree of life. The tiny moth belongs to the looper moth family and has been particularly difficult to study because it did not resemble any other European species. The breakthrough was possible thanks to the recent advances in DNA technologies and combined expertise of scientists, who report the results in the open-access journal Nota Lepidopterologica. (2017-03-07)

Tiger moths use signals to warn bats: Toxic not tasty
Acoustic warning signals emitted by tiger moths to deter bats -- a behavior previously proven only in the laboratory -- actually occur in nature and are used as a defense mechanism, according to new research from Wake Forest University. (2016-05-09)

Street lighting disrupts pollinating moths
New research reveals the shift in moth activity in street-lit areas from vegetation level to lamp-post height and the impact this is having on their ability to pollinate flowers. (2016-06-01)

Using radiation to sterilize insect pests may protect California fruits and vegetables
A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows that radiation can be used to effectively sterilize the light brown apple moth, an invasive pest to the California wine industry, as well as fruit and vegetable growers. (2011-11-30)

How moths key into the scent of a flower
Although a flower's bouquet can be composed of hundreds of chemicals, the tobacco hornworm moth needs to smell just a handful to identify its favorite source of nectar, the sacred datura flower. It is the first time researchers have recorded an insect's brain activity as the animal smelled all the individual chemicals captured from a real flower. Previous research used only synthetic odors. (2009-03-05)

Less is more for a hungry bat
Like a stealth fighter plane, the barbastelle bat uses a sneaky hunting strategy to catch its prey. A team of researchers from the University of Bristol combined three cutting-edge techniques to uncover the secret of this rare bat's success. (2010-08-19)

Scientists identify viral gene driving sick gypsy moth caterpillars to climb high and die
For a century, scientists have watched European gypsy moth caterpillars infected with a virus use their last strength to do something that a healthy gypsy moth caterpillar would never do in daylight hours -- climb high into a tree and onto a leaf. For scientists, the question has been how does a virus change its host's behavior? (2011-09-08)

Female promiscuity in butterflies controls paternity
The eggs of some butterfly and moth species vary to give females control over the paternity of their offspring, according to new research published today. The new study reveals for the first time that the number and location of micropyles (small openings in the outer surface of a female insect's eggs which allow sperm to enter) are driven by a degree of female promiscuity. (2016-12-21)

Researchers uncover that moths talk about sex in many ways
Originally moths developed ears so that they could hear their worst enemy, the bat, but now moths also use their ears to communicate about sex in a great number of different ways. (2013-07-08)

Watch: Insects also migrate using the Earth's magnetic field
A major international study led by researchers from Lund University in Sweden has proven for the first time that certain nocturnally migrating insects can explore and navigate using the Earth's magnetic field. Until now, the ability to steer flight using an internal magnetic compass was only known in nocturnally migrating birds. (2018-06-21)

First-Of-A-Kind Study By University Of Georgia Ecologist Estimates Role Of Natural Forces On Insect Populations
Determining the reasons for the cyclic rise and fall of insect populations has been extremely difficult. Now, for the first time, a University of Georgia ecologist has assigned numerical estimates to the forces that cause these cycles. (1997-08-13)

Rearing technique may bolster biocontrol wasp's commercial prospects
The parasitoid wasp Habrobracon hebetor is a top candidate for use in programs to biologically control Indianmeal moths and other stored-product pests. But despite the prospects for reduced insecticide use and product losses, the approach has yet to gain traction commercially, in part because of the lack of an efficient method of stockpiling the wasp. But a team of scientists, including researchers from the US Department of Agriculture, is working on the problem. (2012-10-09)

Cycad plant depends on insect for multiple services
When a plant endemic to several islands in the Western Pacific Ocean taps the services of a helpful insect, a double-dose of benefits comes its way. The plant is a member of a unique group of plants known as cycads, which produce their seeds in cones rather than within fruits. The insect is a tiny moth currently known to exist only on the islands of Guam and Rota. (2010-06-08)

The puzzle of biological diversity
Biologists have long thought that interactions between plants and pollinating insects hasten evolutionary changes and promote biological diversity. However, new findings show that some interactions between plants and pollinators are less likely to increase diversity than previously thought, and in some instances, reduce it. (2010-11-22)

Variety is the spice of humble moth's sex life
A small brown moth has one of the most complex sex lives in the insect world, new research has found. (2014-12-22)

1,541 snout moth species and counting in the United States and Canada
Two snout moth scientists have produced a list of 1,541 species for the United States and Canada. Research publications on these economically important moths over the last 30 years have resulted in changes to the classification, as well as additions such as species new to science, tropical species newly recorded from the United States, and others introduced from Europe and Asia. This research was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2016-01-18)

Empa researchers among top 100 thinkers
The US journal Foreign Policy has named Empa researchers Artur Braun, Florent Boudoire, Rita Toth and Jakob Heier, and Edwin Constable from the University of Basel in the innovation category on the list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2014 in recognition of their research project on moth-eye solar cells for the direct conversion of sunlight into hydrogen. The awards ceremony took place in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, 2014, in the presence of US Secretary of State, John Kerry. (2014-11-19)

New moth variety disarms plants guarded by selenium
In new work, researchers report that the ability of plants to defend themselves by accumulating high levels of a toxic element can be overcome by some insects, and that such adaptation potentially echoes in the food web as other predators and parasites may in turn evolve to deal with high levels of the toxic element. (2006-11-20)

Predators drive evolution of virtual prey appearance
Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln biologists have made the first direct observations to support a long-standing idea: that predators' behavior can promote variation in the appearance of insect prey species, and restrict their search to the most abundant prey types. (2002-02-07)

Male Moth's Sperm Protects Females
An enduring nuptial gift is included in every sperm package from a male rattlebox moth (Utetheisa ornatrix) to his freshly mated female: a potent, plant-derived chemical that protects her for life against predatory spiders, biologists at Cornell University have discovered. (1999-05-10)

Get to know them faster: Alternative time-efficient way to describe new moth species
Having collected thousands of moth and butterfly species, ecologist Daniel Janzen and his team were yet to find out many of their names. When they sought help from Dr. Gunnar Brehm for an unknown moth species, the taxonomist realised he needed too much time for a traditional genus revision. Then, he found a concise way to revise a Neotropical looper moth genus fast and efficiently. His study is available in the open-access journal ZooKeys. (2015-11-19)

Parasites trigger healthy eating in caterpillars
When infested with parasites, tiger moth caterpillars develop a preferred taste for plant chemicals that are toxic to the parasites, researchers at the University of Arizona and Wesleyan University report in Nature. The change in feeding habits is the first known example of a parasite altering its host's behavior to its own detriment. (2005-07-28)

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