• Heather Davis

Lessons from the Moth on How to Adapt

Updated: Mar 6


One of the obvious symbols of change in nature is the butterfly, and its cousin: the moth.


Compared to the butterfly, the moth is often left unappreciated.

Compared to the 17,500 species of butterfly, there are 160,000 kinds of moths. They are survivors and adapters. Beyond the obvious caterpillar-to-moth change, for more than 60 million years, moths and their natural nemesis: the bat, have been continually trying to outsmart the other through evolution and adaptation.


Everyone loves a good arch-enemy story.



A bat’s echolocation has traditionally helped it locate an unsuspecting moth minding its own business. We all know how that evening ended.

New studies show the Luna moth’s fancy spinning tails interrupt the bats sonar and create an auditory deflection, throwing the bat off, often saving the moth.

This not unlike Wonder Woman’s cuffs. Deflection is deflection.

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