moths sense heat?

John.Snyder at John.Snyder at
Mon Jul 26 11:25:51 EDT 1999

Someone asked me the following question, and I pass it on to the group.  Do
moths specifically sense heat, and respond behaviorally to its presence?
The question was asked in context of moths circling around artificial light
sources, which of course can also be heat sources.  I suppose the question
could be enlarged to include all lepidoptera.
John Snyder
Dept. of Biology
Furman University
john.snyder at

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