Quite the Rack Ya Got There


Once again, I got an image and a few links, then back to the spinning plates.

This little fella (and in this case an insect is easy to sex) was on the screen the other day. Full width just about an inch. But what caught my eye and made me want to get a closer look (via iPhone 6s camera) was this moth’s remarkable antennae.

Turns out this extra-showy rack is a multi-use body part…inspiring medical research, used in a gyroscopic or other coordinating way for flight, and of course finding that elusive female by whiffing a single molecule across miles of distance.

Case Western Reserve University | News Center

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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