Wake Forest Study
In the Department of Biology
at Wake Forest University we think that we a new way to study this problem.
We call it the learning approach.Each spring we bring mother bats into the lab where they quickly give birth to baby bats.
The babies are the most important to the experiment because they have never ever heard a tiger moth click.
We teach the baby bats to feed on tasty moths hanging from a string. Then we put a tiger moth on the string and ask
how the baby bats react and learn. We have carefully chosen our tiger moth individuals and species so that
some are tasty and produce no sound. We call these C- (for no bad tasting chemical) and S- (for no sound).
We also have C+S+, C+S-, and C-S+ moths. So the big question is how do the naïve baby bats learn to handle
these different categories. We watch and listen closely with high-speed video cameras and high frequency microphones.
What do you think the baby bats will do?
The answer is coming soon!