Moths

  • NatureWatch: Tales of scents and movement

    Smart moths, fast dogs and mesmerising snails.

    Restoring chemical communicationScientists have studied the impact of high ozone air pollution on the chemical co...

    Animals September 9, 2020
  • Deaf moths versus predator bats

    Scales help negate ultrasonic calls, researchers find.

    Some species of deaf moths have evolved a clever defensive strategy to reduce the risk of being eaten by bats, a Brit...

    Animals February 27, 2020
  • A few revelations about moths and butterflies

    Busting theories about their age – and why moths grew ears.

    A comprehensive evolutionary tree of Lepidoptera, the order that includes butterflies and moths, reveals that this as...

    Animals October 22, 2019
  • Dim the lights for some natural pollination

    Aa bit of darkness has ecological and environmental benefits.

    Switching off street lights helps restore the natural behaviour of moths, scientists say, and that’s important becaus...

    Earth January 21, 2019
  • Beauty at the micro-scale

    Moth under the microscope reveals its true colours.

    Magnified to 20 times its normal size, the wing of the sunset moth (Urania ripheus) reveals a riot of dazzling scales...

    Biology January 17, 2019
  • A new moth

    Dozens of new species revealed.

    This is Megacraspedus faunierensis, a moth that lives in the Alps, and one of 44 new species described for the first ...

    Animals November 29, 2018
  • Ultra-violet confirms “Darwin’s moths”

    Experiment proves first observed natural selection.

    New research published in the journal Communications Biology has provided the final piece of evidence needed to confi...

    Evolution August 20, 2018
  • Presidential Lepidoptera

    Donald Trump’s flying namesake.

    Credit: DR. VAZRICK NAZARIAs Donald J. Trump takes the office of the President of the United States of America, her...

    Biology January 20, 2017
  • Microbial 'bodyguard' oozes antibiotics

    The bacterium helps keep nasties at bay – at least in the leafworm.

    A group of cotton leafworms, Spodoptera littoralis, chomping through a leafy meal. The older specimens have more of a...

    Biology January 19, 2017
  • How moths evolved to fool their enemies' sonar

    How luna moths avoid detection from the sonar cries of bats.

    A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)  has shed light on the methods used b...

    Biology February 19, 2015
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