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Mating flights associated with thunderstorms: moths

Some moths in New Zealand detect positive ion accumulation in the atmosphere preceding thunderstorms.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"In New Zealand, the nuptial flights of certain moths are so influenced by the positive ion accumulation in the atmosphere that precedes thunderstorms that they can be used as an accurate guide to future weather conditions." (Shuker 2001:65)
About the inspiring organism
Lepidoptera
Lepidoptera

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Electromagnetic sensors to gauge the severity of approaching thunderstorms so rapid response teams can be deployed to likely lightening strike zones.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Fire protection, storm protection

References
Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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