Keeping up with Bats: Dynamic Auditory Tuning in a Moth

  title={Keeping up with Bats: Dynamic Auditory Tuning in a Moth},
  author={James Frederick Charles Windmill and Joseph C. Jackson and Elizabeth Jane Tuck and Daniel Robert},
  journal={Current Biology},
Many night-flying insects evolved ultrasound sensitive ears in response to acoustic predation by echolocating bats . Noctuid moths are most sensitive to frequencies at 20-40 kHz , the lower range of bat ultrasound . This may disadvantage the moth because noctuid-hunting bats in particular echolocate at higher frequencies shortly before prey capture and thus improve their echolocation and reduce their acoustic conspicuousness . Yet, moth hearing is not simple; the ear's nonlinear dynamic… CONTINUE READING

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