I’m on Science again! Moths jam bat sonar

by Stephanie Chasteen on July 24, 2009

I’ve got another interview on the Science podcast, from last week — an interesting little story about how tiger moths emit a sound that actually jams bat’s sonar, to keep from getting eaten. Here’s the link. I come in around 13:40.

Of course, I had to ask, how did they manage to tether a moth for this study? Researchers are so funny. I asked him, “C’mon, how do you tether a moth?” and he gave me this nice detailed technical answer. I poked him again. “That doesn’t sound very easy….” and finally got a laugh out of him. I mean, geez, attaching surgical clips to moth to get a moth-on-a-leash? And then releasing bats into the enclosure and pitting bat against moth? I wouldn’t be able to keep from giggling….

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