‘Smellicopter’ uses a live moth antenna to hunt for scents

A new tiny drone called Smellicopter uses a live moth antenna to navigate toward smells. It can also avoid obstcles in the air.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.

Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education, University of Florida • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Backpack-toting moths can drop sensors where people can’t

Tiny sensors that weigh less than jellybeans and ride on the back of moths may help researchers study places too dangerous for people to get to.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Oct. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Moths do the pollinator night shift – and they work harder than daytime insects

New research sheds light on the unsung heroes of pollination.

Richard Elton Walton, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biology, Newcastle University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Nature crisis: Moths have 'secret role' as crucial pollinators

Fluttering creatures of the night are also vital pollinators of plants and flowers, say scientists.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Arnold Arboretum uses new research and a moth to fight an invasive species

Scientists at the Arnold Arboretum are employing a species of predator moth to fight the invasive swallow-wort vine.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
Aug. 29, 2019 ~8 min

Moths and magnets deliver CRISPR to fix defective genes

A new therapy that relies on a moth-infecting virus and nanomagnets could repair genes that cause diseases like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Nov. 14, 2018 ~5 min