Monday, January 13, 2014

Moth Thermoregulation

This large moth was stuck in the tatami room and was flying around, but it stopped and rested for a long time, I caught it and brought it to the window to let it go, but it did not fly away. After awhile though, the moth started vibrating its wings really fast. This wing-vibration produces heat in their thorax, raising the temperature in the flight muscles of the wings which large moths need to do prior to flight because they are mostly nocturnal and do not have the radiant energy of the sun at their disposal.



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hugs 4 bugs,

moki

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