Distal Lobe of the Pilifer: An Ultrasonic Receptor in Choerocampine Hawkmoths

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Science  04 Dec 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3962, pp. 1098-1099
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3962.1098


Evidence is presented for a novel mechanism mediating the auditory sense in the Choerocampinae (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Vibrations in the scale-free medial wall of the enlarged labial palp segment are transmitted by contact to the distal lobe of the pilifer, a derivative of the labrum, and are there transduced into afferent impulses in the labral nerve.

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