Data from: Individual tracking reveals long-distance flightpath control in a nocturnally-migrating moth

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Menz MHM, Scacco M, Bürki-Spycher H-M, Williams HJ, Reynolds DR, Chapman JW, Wikelski M. 2022. Individual tracking reveals long-distance flightpath control in a nocturnally-migrating moth. Science. 377(6607):764-768. doi:10.1126/science.abn1663

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Menz MHM, Scacco M, Bürki-Spycher H, Williams HJ, Reynolds DR, Chapman JW, Wikelski M (2022) Data from: Individual tracking reveals long-distance flightpath control in a nocturnally-migrating moth. Movebank Data Repository. doi:10.5441/001/1.f4r24r5r
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Abstract Each year, trillions of insects make long-range seasonal migrations. These movements are relatively well understood at a population level, but how individual insects achieve them remains elusive. Behavioral responses to conditions en route are little studied, primarily owing to the challenges of tracking individual insects. Using a light aircraft and individual radio tracking, we show that nocturnally migrating death’s-head hawkmoths maintain control of their flight trajectories over long distances. The moths did not just fly with favorable tailwinds; during a given night, they also adjusted for head and crosswinds to precisely hold course. This behavior indicates that the moths use a sophisticated internal compass to maintain seasonally beneficial migratory trajectories independent of wind conditions, illuminating how insects traverse long distances to take advantage of seasonal resources.
Keywords animal migration, animal movement, animal tracking, Acherontia atropos, Acherontiini, death’s-head hawkmoth, invertebrates, radio telemetry,

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