Luna moth tail helps insect escape hungry bats

February 17, 2015 6:26 PM

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Luna moth tail helps insect escape hungry bats

The lengthy tail of the luna moth is one such adaptation. New research reveals that the tail works to deflect and distract the sonar detection capabilities of the bats for whom the insect is a preferred nighttime snack.

Like fake eyes that appear on fish, or on the outer wings of other butterfly and moth species, the kite-like tail that flutters off the bottom of the luna moth distracts predators from more vital and vulnerable parts of the body. Unlike eye spots, the moth's tail is an auditory defense mechanism. It...

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