Male moths make perfume to attract females, say scientists in a new study in July 2023.
The male Tobacco Budworm Moth (Chloridea virescens) collects perfume – a sweet-smelling chemical – from flowers and emits the scent from its appendages when it courts a female. The perfume makes the male more attractive to the female.
Previously, scientists knew that the female moth released scented chemicals to lure a male from long distances to come closer to her, but less was known how the male moth used scent.
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The Puss Moth (Cerura vinula) is an insect in the Notodontidae family of moths.
The Puss Moth is creamy-white to yellowish-grey with light-brown lines and markings. The female has blackish lines and markings. It has a wide whitish-grey head, thorax, and abdomen that are very fluffy, like a hairy cat.
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The Tau Emperor Moth (Aglia tau) is an insect in the Saturniidae family of emperor and royal moths.
The Tau Emperor Moth has large, lobed wings. It is brightly coloured, usually orange to brown with a large eye-spot on each of its four wings. It is a distinct marginal line across each wing. The hind wings (back wings) overlap the forewings (front wings). Its body is wide and hairy. It has feathery antennae.
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The French Forester Moth (Zygaena transalpina) is a small insect in the Zygaenidae family of Burnet and Forester moths.
The French Forester Moth has bluish-green or blue-black forewings (front wings) with three pairs of red spots on each wing. The hind wings (back wings) are red with a blue-black border.
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The Micromoth (Microlepidoptera) is an insect in the Lepidoptera order of butterflies and moths. The order includes many different species of moths in superfamilies, such as Andesianoidea, Cossoidea, Sesioidea, and Zygaenoidea, which includes mainly leaf miners, rollers, and root borers.
Its wingspan is about 20 millimetres (less than an inch).
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The Silk Moth (Bombyx mori) is an insect in the Bombycidae family of silk moths.
The Silk Moth has a heavy, bristly body and small wings. It is fair to light brown with thin dark bands across its body. Its wings are cream-coloured. It is not capable of sustained flight – it is only airborne for a short time.
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What is a pollinator?
A pollinator is an animal that carries pollen from a male flower to a female flower to fertilize the plant so that more can grow.
Most people know that bees are pollinators. Bees carry the yellow pollen from flower to flower. But not all bees are pollinators. And pollinators include other animals.
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The White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is an insect in the Erebidae family of moths.
The White Ermine Moth has milky-white wings with black dots. Its hind (back) wings have one or several black dots. It has long, black antennae.
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The White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactylus) is an insect in the Pterophoridae family of moths.
The White Plume Moth is white – with white wings and a white body. Each of its hind (back) wings is divided into three thin feathery plumes. Each of its front wings is divided into two thin feathery plumes. It looks like it has five feathery fingers on each side of its body. It has long white antennae and white legs.
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The Silver Y Moth (Autographa gamma) is a medium-sized insect in the Noctuidae family of migratory moths.
The Silver Y Moth has a silver-coloured Y-shaped mark (a gamma mark) on each of its forewings (front wings). Its wings are brown and grey, which provide excellent camouflage. It has medium-length antennae. It has a wide, furry, brown body.
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The European Sycamore Moth (Actronicta aceris aceris) is an insect in the Noctuidae family of nocturnal moths.
The European Sycamore Moth is pale-grey to dark-grey. The male has white hind (back) wings that sometimes have dark streaks at the margins. The female has grey hind wings.
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The Hebe Tiger Moth (Arctia festiva) is an insect in the Erebidae family of moths. It is also known as the English Beer Moth.
The Hebe Tiger Moth has pale yellow forewings (front wings) with black markings. Its hindwings (back wings) are orange with black markings. It has a wide black and orange body, with a black tail. Its antennae are short.
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The Death’s-Head Hawkmoth (Acheronthia Atropos) is a large insect in the Sphingidae family. It has an image similar to a human skull on its thorax, behind its head.
The Death’s-Head Hawkmoth is brown to dark-brown with yellowish-cream patches, zigzags, and stripes. It has a wide, plump, furry body with brown and yellowish-cream colours. It has short antennae.
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The Caucasus Goat Moth (Cossus cossus araraticus) is a large insect.
The Caucasus Goat Moth has greyish-brown wings marked with fine, dark cross lines. It has a wide, fluffy body and short antennae.
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The Yellow Moth (Dysphania sagana) is a nocturnal insect in the Geometridae family.
The Yellow Moth is bright yellow with blackish edges and two bands of semi-transparent white spots on its fore-wings (front wings). Its hind-wings (back wings) are bright yellow with small black spots. Its head, thorax, and abdomen are yellow.
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What is a Witchetty Grub?
The Witchetty Grub is an Australian large, white, moth larva, encased in a brown sheath.
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The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is not a bird. It is a moth from the Sphingidae family. It looks like a tiny hummingbird because it hovers around plants.
The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth has brown forewings, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a short fan-tail of setae (fine hairs) at the end. It has a long proboscis (sucking nose), which it inserts into flowers to suck up the nectar. Its antennae are very feathery. Like a hummingbird, it makes a slight humming sound.
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