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Moths: Amazing Insects
Moths are often an afterthought, but with more than 150,000 known species worldwide, they are essential to the natural world. In this webinar, Akito Kawahara will discuss how moths use ultrasound, scales and tails to combat hunting bats at night. He will show high-speed videos of moths and bats in combat at night, along with many photos from fieldwork in Africa, Asia and the Amazon. A portion of the talk will also be devoted to the amazing local moth fauna in Florida.

Aug 17, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Akito Y. Kawahara
Professor and Curator @University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
Akito Kawahara earned a bachelor's degree in entomology at Cornell University, and a master’s and PhD in entomology from the University of Maryland. After a 1-year post-doc at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, he began as assistant professor and curator at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History in 2011. He has received many awards for his research, and has been an investigator on 13 major grants, totaling >$8 million in research funds. He has authored more than 160 peer-review publications, and has received many national and international awards. Among his contributions are papers on the evolution of butterflies and moths, and research on ultrasound and hearing in moths and echolocation in bats. He has appeared in many films and television shows, including PBS American Spring Live, Nature's Sex, Lies and Butterflies, David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies, and Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo.