BBC features Nick Dowdy’s work

The BBC recently featured Ph.D. candidate Nick Dowdy‘s work on moths in Central America.  He has some very interesting scientific findings on the unique defensive behavior of a particular Ecuadorian moth.  When threatened, it “uses an explosion of a sticky, wool-like material to defend itself.”  This has never been seen before in a moth species.

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Nick Dowdy (WFU Ph.D. Candidate) does frontier research on moth behavior (predator-prey interactions).

An "explosive" defensive behavior as recorded by Nick Dowdy, WFU Ph.D. Candidate

An “explosive” defensive behavior. courtesy Nick Dowdy, Wake Forest University.