The BBC recently featured Ph.D. candidate Nick Dowdy‘s work on moths in Central America. He has some very interesting scientific findings on the unique defensive behavior of a particular Ecuadorian moth. When threatened, it “uses an explosion of a sticky, wool-like material to defend itself.” This has never been seen before in a moth species.
Science Daily recently covered work done by the Conner Lab.
Here is there story:
A new study shows Bertholdia trigona, a species of tiger moth found in the Arizona desert, can tell if an echo-locating bat is going to attack it well before the predator swoops in for the kill – making the intuitive, tiny-winged insect a master of self-preservation.
Nickolay Hristov, Professor with the UNC Center for Design Innovation and Wake Forest Biology Research Professor, does amazing research on bats. His work was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) weekly program Science Friday. Nick received his PhD. from Wake Forest in 2008 and works closely with Professor William Conner’s laboratory. In this Science Friday segment Nick describes the technology behind his research.
Nickolay Hristov (PhD. 2008) uses technology to study the fascinating world of bats.
Aaron Corcoran’s research on sonar jamming moths is featured in the new National Geographic Special “Untamed Americas”. The footage is featured in the episode on Deserts. It is airing Saturday, June 16, 9pm EST.
Mexican Free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) migrate up to 1,000 miles (1609 kilometers) from their winter home in Mexico to Bracken Cave in Texas, U.S., where they raise their young. Click here for photo
In the deserts of the Americas, an abundance of wildlife has developed an array of bizarre and baffling against-the-odds survival strategies. Filmed for the first time in high-speed infrared, see the tiger moth dodge millions of hungry bats emerging from caves in the Chihuahua Desert.
Windows on Wake Forest published an article about PhD. candidate Aaron Corcoran and Professor William Conner entitled, “Nature’s Trick or Treat”
In the ongoing evolutionary battle between bats and moths, a species of tiger moth plays a trick with sound to avoid becoming a bat’s tasty treat, according to new research by professor William Conner and PhD student Aaron Corcoran.
By Cheryl Walker (’88)
Office of Communications and External Relations
Published October 23, 2009