Car Exhausts Mislead Moths, Study

June 27, 2014 8:14 AM

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Car fumes and other vegetation scents are distracting moths from finding their favourite flowers, a new study suggests.

University of Washington researchers and colleagues have found that strong odors prevent Manduca sexta moths from pollinating flowers such as Sacred Datura or Datura wrightii. Nectar from a flower energises a moth for only about 15 minutes. Losing a track of next feeding spot might be deadly for the...

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