What do moth antennae do?

by Russ on June 7, 2014

Moths can appear alien like, but they are closely related to butterflies.
In the warmer summer evenings, moths can be seen swarming around lampposts and our windows, seemingly attracted to any source of light.

A member of the Lepidoptera family, they are relatives of the butterfly family. But get a closer look and you’ll see these mini beasties have much bigger antennae.

These large, sometimes fluffy antennae are used to sense smells in the air, that help the moth find their favourite foods which is often the nectar of nighttime flowers.

Moths often have large 'clubbed' antennae, such as this Burnet Moth.But just recently it has also been discovered that moths use their antennae to stabilise their flight, might like a gyroscope in a plane.

This is essential, as to escape one of their fiercest predators, bats, the most be able to change direction in an instance.

To prevent becoming seriously confused, their antennae help them quickly adjust to new directions, something that is now being studied to be used in future technology!

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