Moth noses, called antennas, are essential to their daily lives. They use their sense of smell to find mates and females use it to find egg laying locations. Researchers transplanted the nose of one moth species onto the species of another moth species with interesting results. The moths did not respond to either the recipient or donor species pheremones. Instead, they responded to an unnatural blend of pheromones.





What a moth’s nose knows

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna—the nose, essentially—from one species to another, which blend of pheromones does the moth respond to? The donor species’, or the recipients’?and more »

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