May 27, 2016

Hawk moths have a second nose for evaluating flowers

Using olfactory neurons on their proboscis, moths weigh which flowers to visit (eLife, May 2016) more »

May 19, 2016

Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers

Max Planck researchers show that Manduca sexta recognizes the scent of flowers matching its proboscis and thereby optimizes energy gain (Nature Communications, May 2016) more »

March 10, 2016

How stick insects handle indigestive food

 Max Planck researchers discovered multifunctional cellulases, enzymes capable of degrading plant cell wall components, previously unknown in animals (Insect Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, February 2016) more »