For 65 million years, bats and moths have been engaged in a battle for survival. Okay, maybe that's a gross exaggeration since moths can't harm bats at all. Or can they???
Jesse Barber and Akito Kawahara of Boise State University have found that moths do have a form of defense against hungry bats: they rub their genitals.
Male hawkmoths are able to rub themselves much like how crickets produce their mating calls. But instead of rubbing their wings, the months rub their scales against their private parts. In addition to probably producing lots and lots of pleasure, scientists believe this ultrasonic rubbing somehow jams a bat's sonar system.
Female hawkmoths also produced this ultrasonic sound by pulling their genitals inward and rub them together against their scales.
Further tests are needed to confirm their findings, which were published in the July 3rd edition of the journal Biology Letters.
I guess the old wive's tale that touching yourself can lead to blindness does have a spark of truth, eh?
I dare you to watch the video of these hawkmoths rubbing themselves!
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