If you shake keys near a flying moth with ears, it will dive to the ground to avoid encountering what it thinks is a bat. This is because shaking keys emits sonar similar to that produced by bats. blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/wecdep…
In 1862 someone sent Charles Darwin a flower from Madagascar that had an extremely deep crevasse were the nectar was located. He predicted that there was a moth with an extraordinarily long tongue to reach the nectar. X. morganii was discovered nearly 150 years later feeding on the flower. theguardian.com/science/l…
To suppress the pest population, scientists genetically engineered male Diamondback Moths and released them into the wild so that they would mate with females, giving off female offspring which would die during the caterpillar life stage, while the male offspring survive and repeats the cycle. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
The that the skull on the back of the moth that covers Clarice Starling's mouth in the Silence of the Lambs poster is made up of several tiny naked bodies moviemaker.com/11-silence…
In the order of Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, about 89-94 percent of the species are moths while 6-11 percent are butterflies. dickinsoncountyconservati…
Tiger Moths can beat their wings in a way that noise cancels a hunting bat's echolocation attempts to find it. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Moths don't like light at all! They use moonlight to navigate by night. By keeping the moon at a constant angle, they could ensure they traveled in a straight line. Unfortunately, they now confuse electric lights with the moon and try to navigate by them so they keep going around it, confused. theguardian.com/notesandq…
Walruses are actually 18% blubber and 44% muscle, while a certain species of moth can reach up tp 72% body fat. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The Luna Moth does not have a mouth or digestive system. It will only live for about a week, with the singular purpose of mating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Moths vibrate their genitals to avoid bats. This action produces ultrasound that jams bats’ built-in sonar, rendering the moths temporarily β€œinvisible”. nationalgeographic.com
Moths are attracted to light because they base their navigation on their position relative to a light source. api.nationalgeographic.co…
There is a species of moth called the Bagworm moth. They build a cocoons out of sticks and small twigs. These cocoons can sometimes look like small log cabins. After metamorphosis the female of the species spend their whole lives, of a few weeks, in the little home they made. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned about the Ghost Moth of New Zealand that spends 5-6 years as a grub, making a burrow in a tree in the shape of a '7', but only spends a couple of days as an actual moth, as it has no mouthparts. If it's lucky enough to find a mate, it lays 2000 eggs before starving to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Today I learned about the Hummingbird hawk-moth, which are often mistaken for hummingbirds because of the similar way that they hover and feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
The fattest animal on earth is not a manatee or a whale but the 1Β½ inch Miller Moth Caterpillar (aka army cutworms). With 72% body fat it is more calorie-rich than elk or deer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Moths are a crucial pollinator of a wide range of flowers and plants. New research shows that the moths' transport networks are larger and more complex than those of daytime pollinators like bees. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Many moth species have developed sonic defenses to help camouflage themselves from bats. One example is the male hawk moth which stridulates their genitalia mid flight to produce a sound at that effectively acts like a sonar jammer. pnas.org/content/112/20/6…
When a hawk moth caterpillar feels threatened, its body swells up taking the shape of a pit viper's head, with two huge black markings appearing as the snakes' eyes. The caterpillar also turns itself over to reveal its belly, completely transforming itself into a menacing predator. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
Bolas spiders are able to mimic the pheromones produced by insects like the cecropia moth. Male moths then follow the scent of the pheromones and end up becoming the spider’s next meal. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
The first computer "bug" was a literal insectβ€”a moth trapped in a relay atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Atlas Moths lack fully formed mouthparts and the adults cannot eat. They live entirely on fat reserves accumulated during the larval stage. As a result, they live for only a few days during which their sole objective is seeking out a mate. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
A 20th century biologist discovered so many species of moths that he simply named them E. bobana, E. cocana, E. dodana, E. fofana, E. hohana, E. kokana, E. lolana and E. momana. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A moth species has evolved to live in sloth fur. The moths use sloth dung to incubate their eggs and when they hatch, the moths fly back into a sloth's fur, completing the cycle. When the moths die, their corpses fertilize moss growing in the sloth's fur, which provide camouflage and...nutrition independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Plants like Yuccas can't reproduce without the help of yucca moths and that yucca moths can't reproduce without yuccas, and this represents one of the most specific pollination mutualisms on the planet. indefenseofplants.com/pod…
The arctic woolly bear moth, native to arctic Canada and Greenland, is known for its slow rate of development. Its caterpillar life cycle may extend up to 7 years with molting occurring each spring. While in dormancy, the larvae can withstand temperatures as low as βˆ’70 Β°C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyn…
The largest moth in the world, the Hercules Moth, has a wingspan up to 36cm (14in) and spends up to two years in its cocoon, but only lives two to eight days as it has no mouth and ultimately dies of starvation. australianbutterflies.com…
The rosy maple moth, native to North America, has a woolly body with delicate silky pink and yellow coloration. The moth's larval caterpillars are known as green-striped mapleworms and they feed on maple leaves. The larvae undergo five instars prior to adulthood whereupon they no longer feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Some moth species can use echolocation jamming against bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The "Sky Beam" that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Sloths grow algae on their fur which acts as a tiny ecosystem for other insects and Moths. Researchers have found up to 150 living things on a single Sloth. There is a species of Moth that has only ever been found living on a Sloth www-independent-co-uk.cdn…
There's a moth that has no mouth and cannot eat. Every flight uses valuable energy and can take days off their already short lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Despite completely disintegrating during metamorphosis, butterflies and moths retain memories from when they were caterpillars. theconversation.com/despi…
The Venezuelan poodle moth was first brought to the attention of entomologists in 2009 after being photographed, and even now the moth remains very poorly understood. It is believed that the moth is extremely rare. The furry muslin moth is considered to be its close relative based on morphology. mymodernmet.com/venezuela…
Today I learned of the Giant Silkworm Caterpillar aka the Assassin Caterpillar. While not technically a caterpillar, the larvae of the Giant Silkworm moth is one of the most deadly insects in the world. When touched it administers venom that would cause a human extreme agony and to bleed out within 15hrs. bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s…
Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years whereas flowering plants came along around 130 million years ago. Butterflies survived without flowers for 70 million years newsweek.com/ancient-wing…
The small elephant hawk moth (Deilephila porcellus) gets its common name for the caterpillar head's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. Hawk moths are also known as sphinx moths because the caterpillar resembles the Great Sphinx of Giza when resting. They are found in Europe and northern Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
When female Garden Spiders experience a shortage of food, they will emit a pheromone much like the pheromone of fertile female moths, attracting nearby male moths to their death. insidescience.org/news/sm…
Today I learned about the Labordi chameleon of Madagascar. They emerge from eggs in the rainy season, mate and lay eggs, then die at about four moths old. Which means that for the entire dry season there are no adult individuals at all, only eggs. britannica.com/animal/cha…
The Tiger Moth, Bertholdia trigona, clicks its tymbals 4500 times a second in order to disrupt the echolocation of bats. npr.org/templates/story/s…
There's an Australian moth (Uraba lugens) that wears its previous heads as a hat. They call it the Mad Hatterpillar. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Several species of tiger moth produce an ultrasonic click capable of 'jamming' bat sonar. Researchers noticed that bats caught clicking moths 20% of the time but once the organ that produces the clicks was removed the figure rose to nearly 100% nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The term β€œbug” as it pertains to computer software (and hardware), does not derive from the famous Mark II computer incident wherein a moth was trapped in a relay. The term has actually been in use in engineering and early computing since at least the 1870’s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
In the Halloween film "Hocus Pocus," Billy Bucherson coughed up real life moths. He was fitted with a mouth piece, which consisted of a latex pouch that held the dirt and moths. bloody-disgusting.com/mov…
The term 'computer bug' was popularized in 1947 after a moth was found stuck in a resistor of the Harvard Mark II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Today I learned about a leaf-eating moth caterpillar called Uraba lugens that keeps its old heads whenever it sheds its exoskeleton and stacks them on its head. It is referred to as "The Mad Hatterpillar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The thorax fur of moths acts as a lightweight porous sound absorber, facilitating acoustic camouflage and offering a significant survival advantage against bats. asa.scitation.org/doi/10.…
In 1946, a trapped moth caused a malfunction in the early computer which resulted in the term 'bug' to be coined for all software errors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Hawk moths scare off bats by rubbing their genitalia to jam the bat’s sonar arstechnica.com/science/2…
Today I learned of the Sloth Moth, a moth found exclusively in the fur of sloths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
A Grizzly Bear, ranging from 440 (female) to 600 (male) pounds, routinely survive on moths alone, eating an estimated 40,000 moths a day. yellowstonepark.com/thing…

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