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Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants
To solve the acute, global problem of securing food resources for a continuously growing population, we must work constantly to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of modern agricultural techniques.
A plant's sugary offering betrays caterpillars to predatory ants.
Scientists assemble genes involved in regulating olfaction in the antennae of a moth.
By feeding on tobacco leaves they unintentionally and rapidly transform plant substances into attractant signals that betray their location to their own natural enemies -- with lethal consequences.
Moths need just the essence of a flower's scent to identify it, according to new research from The University of Arizona in Tucson.
Hawk moths (or Sphinx moths) are moths in the family Sphingidae. They are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 30 miles per hour (50 km/h). They have a wingspan of 35-150 millimeters. Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds, even in continents where hummingbirds are not found. The larvae of most species of hawk moth have a "horn" at the posterior end. Because...
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.