Motor Responses of Moths to Low-Intensity X-ray Exposure

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Science  17 May 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3568, pp. 805-806
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3568.805


A brief burst of x-rays elicited flight activity in moths placed in a darkened x-ray exposure room. Wing-beat activity was recorded as an index of this behavior. Wing-beat activity could be initiated in resting moths or amplitude augmented in active moths by x-ray dose rates of 0.01 to 1.5 roentgens per second, with a latency of less than 1 second after onset of exposure.