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Nonchalant Flight in Tiger Moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae) Is Correlated With Unpalatability
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Many aposematic animals are well-known to exhibit generally sluggish movements. However, less is known about their escape responses when under direct threat of predation. In this study, we characterize the anti-bat escape responses of 5 species of tiger moth (Erebidae: Arctiinae), a subfamily of Lepidoptera which possess ultrasound-sensitive ears. These ears act as an early-warning system which can detect the ultrasonic cries of nearby echolocating bats, allowing the moths to enact evasivedoi:10.3389/fevo.2019.00480 fatcat:du7c7faye5arvfwby3ytr2oeky