Study: Virgin Male Moths Show Their Inexperience when Chasing Females

As with any species, there is a learning curve when trying to attract the opposite sex. Genetic knowledge can only go so far in preparing a young male. The rest is learned through trial and error, usually many errors. Moths are no different. When the female emits her pheromones to attract a mate, the male gets crazy and rushes headlong into a mating dance with her. This consists of a long flight in which the male tries to catch the female. What the virgin male does not know is that a moth’s flying muscles must be adequately warmed up before engaging in a prolonged powerful flight. Their inexperience tends to cost them the contest for the female to the more experienced males.

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