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Moth smashes ultrasound hearing records 
Nature News
Ed Yong
Many moths have evolved sensitive hearing that can pick up the ultrasonic probes of bats that want to eat them. But one species comes pre-adapted for anything that bats might bring to this evolutionary arms race. Even though its ears are extremely simple — a pair of eardrums on its flanks that each vibrate four receptor cells — it can sense frequencies up to 300 kilohertz, well beyond the range of any other animal and higher than any bat can squeak.
The greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) can hear sounds of a higher frequency than any bat can produce. Andrew Darrington/Alamy


Moth smashes ultrasound hearing records

Nature News

Ed Yong

Many moths have evolved sensitive hearing that can pick up the ultrasonic probes of bats that want to eat them. But one species comes pre-adapted for anything that bats might bring to this evolutionary arms race. Even though its ears are extremely simple — a pair of eardrums on its flanks that each vibrate four receptor cells — it can sense frequencies up to 300 kilohertz, well beyond the range of any other animal and higher than any bat can squeak.

The greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella) can hear sounds of a higher frequency than any bat can produce. Andrew Darrington/Alamy

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