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New research uncovers that monarch butterflies make the 2,000-mile journey to the same mountains in Mexico using the Earth's magnetic field.
Research published this week in the journal Nature Communications shows that a light-sensitive protein found in the human eye can act as a â€œcompassâ€ in the magnetic field when implanted into the eyes of Drosophila (flies).
A new study takes a close look at the brain of the migratory monarch butterfly to better understand how these remarkable insects use an internal compass and skylight cues to navigate from eastern North America to Mexico each fall.
UMass Medical School neurobiologists use transgenic fruit flies and monarch butterfly transgenes to help define magnetoreception mechanism.
Monarch butterflies locate their winter home in Mexico through a key mechanism in their antennae, scientists in Massachusetts said. Scientists have long known that butterfly antennae can detect odors, wind direction and vibration, said Dr.
Genetic information about the biological clock of monarch butterflies might reveal information about our circadian rhythms.