July 5, 2015

Year of the Sphingidae – Model Organisms

We’ve discussed the role of Sphingidae as pollinators and their importance to science as model for MAVs. Today we’ll learn about a specific hawkmoth called Manduca sexta. Manduca sexta, the tobacco hornworm is one of the most recognizable hawkmoths around. The adults are large and have colorfully striped bodies. The caterpillars feed on solanaceous plants …

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“Nachfalter op. 157” Johann Strauss’ Music to Moth By

Before there was National Moth Week, there was the great 19th-century German composer Johann Strauss, who imagined the dancing and darting flight of the “night butterfly” in his playful waltz, “Nachtfalter (moth) op.157.” According to Wikipedia, Strauss wrote the waltz in 1854 and it was first performed at a parish festival ball near Vienna in …

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