Butterfly I learned how to hide from the bat, using "sound camouflage"

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Butterfly I learned how to hide from the bat, using

Bats usually hunt in the dark, so some people are sure that they have night vision. However, actually, these creatures looking for victims and attack them almost blindly, relying only on his hearing. In one of our we have found that bats are able to emit waves which are reflected from surrounding objects and captured their ears. However, this method is the detection of victims are not always effective, because some of the animals eventually learned to hide from the sound waves of the bats. For example, some species of butterflies or catch the sound and fly away to a dangerous place, or do not give sound waves to bounce off his body and become "invisible" to the bats.

This was reported by British scientists . In the course of scientific work of Professor Thomas Neil and his colleagues have studied the structure of the body of the butterfly species of the Imperial Emperor moth (Antherina suraka) and Callosamia Prometheus (Callosamia promethea). Examining them under a microscope, the scientists noticed that their bodies are covered with hairs, the structure of which is similar to that used in the art to absorb the sound waves.

How insects hide from enemies?

After Examining the arrangement of hairs and setae, scientists have suggested that they are able to absorb emitted by bats sound waves. To test their theory, the researchers conducted a laboratory experiment in which insects were exposed to sound waves. As expected, scientists, sound camouflage" absorbs 85% of sound waves that are emitted by the bats during night hunting.

Callosamia Prometheus is well protected from the attacks of the bats.

According to Thomas Neil, it is surprising that insects have a coating that absorbs the sound waves is not worse than artificial-proof coatings. In butterflies, it is even better because it's much thinner and lighter, but still absorbs many waves, providing insects for greater safety. Perhaps hairline of butterflies, there are other functions like providing better heat transfer, but to find out, scientists need to conduct more research.

What to eat bats?

According to scientists, because of the "sound camouflage", bats can detect only the butterflies from a very close distance. Perhaps because of this, they very rarely catch butterflies, but to starve them exactly is not necessary. Because in the world there are many who have no such protection. In addition, some bats prefer to feed on floral nectars, and larger species can even catch frogs and fish. In South America there are bats that feed on blood, but there are only three kinds.

Most bats feed on insects, nectar and fruit.

Perhaps due to the new discovery, scientists will be able to improve the existing sound insulating materials, making them more thin and light. Also scientists have the opportunity , which are used for covering military aircraft, which may become invisible to enemy radar.

Generally, insects often inspire scientists to create amazing technologies. For example, recently, Chinese engineers have developed wings for robotic insects that are able to operate without a battery. Read more about this invention, you can read in our .

it looks like the Emperor moth Emperor

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