Animals respond to chemical messages they may not even realize they’re swapping
By Roberta Kwok, 21:40 PM January 15, 2013
One spring morning, a 19th-century French scientist named Jean-Henri Fabre sat at home and watched as a female emperor moth emerged from her cocoon. He placed the moth in a gauzy cage, just to see what might happen next. He didn’t have to wait long: That evening, dozens of male emperor moths swarmed into his house through an open window. “It was an invasion,” Fabre later wrote, calling it “unforgettable.”
Many of the moths appeared to rush the cage containing the female. What could possibl...
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