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Tiger moth jams bat sonar.
Science. 2009 Jul 17; 325(5938):325-7.Sci

Abstract

In response to sonar-guided attacking bats, some tiger moths make ultrasonic clicks of their own. The lepidopteran sounds have previously been shown to alert bats to some moths' toxic chemistry and also to startle bats unaccustomed to sonic prey. The moth sounds could also interfere with, or "jam," bat sonar, but evidence for such jamming has been inconclusive. Using ultrasonic recording and high-speed infrared videography of bat-moth interactions, we show that the palatable tiger moth Bertholdia trigona defends against attacking big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) using ultrasonic clicks that jam bat sonar. Sonar jamming extends the defensive repertoire available to prey in the long-standing evolutionary arms race between bats and insects.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, USA. corcaj8@wfu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19608920

Citation

Corcoran, Aaron J., et al. "Tiger Moth Jams Bat Sonar." Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 325, no. 5938, 2009, pp. 325-7.
Corcoran AJ, Barber JR, Conner WE. Tiger moth jams bat sonar. Science. 2009;325(5938):325-7.
Corcoran, A. J., Barber, J. R., & Conner, W. E. (2009). Tiger moth jams bat sonar. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5938), 325-7. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1174096
Corcoran AJ, Barber JR, Conner WE. Tiger Moth Jams Bat Sonar. Science. 2009 Jul 17;325(5938):325-7. PubMed PMID: 19608920.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Tiger moth jams bat sonar. AU - Corcoran,Aaron J, AU - Barber,Jesse R, AU - Conner,William E, PY - 2009/7/18/entrez PY - 2009/7/18/pubmed PY - 2009/7/30/medline SP - 325 EP - 7 JF - Science (New York, N.Y.) JO - Science VL - 325 IS - 5938 N2 - In response to sonar-guided attacking bats, some tiger moths make ultrasonic clicks of their own. The lepidopteran sounds have previously been shown to alert bats to some moths' toxic chemistry and also to startle bats unaccustomed to sonic prey. The moth sounds could also interfere with, or "jam," bat sonar, but evidence for such jamming has been inconclusive. Using ultrasonic recording and high-speed infrared videography of bat-moth interactions, we show that the palatable tiger moth Bertholdia trigona defends against attacking big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) using ultrasonic clicks that jam bat sonar. Sonar jamming extends the defensive repertoire available to prey in the long-standing evolutionary arms race between bats and insects. SN - 1095-9203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19608920/Tiger_moth_jams_bat_sonar_ L2 - http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=19608920 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -