Deaf moths employ acoustic Müllerian mimicry against bats using wingbeat-powered tymbals

  title={Deaf moths employ acoustic M{\"u}llerian mimicry against bats using wingbeat-powered tymbals},
  author={Liam J. O’Reilly and David Agassiz and Thomas R. Neil and Marc W. Holderied},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
Emitting ultrasound upon hearing an attacking bat is an effective defence strategy used by several moth taxa. Here we reveal how Yponomeuta moths acquire sophisticated acoustic protection despite being deaf themselves and hence unable to respond to bat attacks. Instead, flying Yponomeuta produce bursts of ultrasonic clicks perpetually; a striated patch in their hind wing clicks as the beating wing rotates and bends. This wing structure is strikingly similar to the thorax tymbals with which… 

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