The ability to analyze is particularly addressed to humans and as excruciatingly painful it can sometimes be, other times analysis comes with great outcomes. The most challenging part lays in choosing a proper subject for analysis and with nature, humans can never go wrong. A team of researchers was offered a helping hand from high speed infrared cameras and some fascinating 3D printed robotic flowers to observe the way a hawkmoth can slow down brain functions to feed itself at night.
Or at least this was the outcome of a research aimed to determine how the moth approaches sensory and flight control challenges under certain light conditions. Apparently, these fascinating animals have the ability to control their brains and make them run slower, to adjust other life support functions in the dark.
The team from Georgia Institute Technology has unveiled one more piece of truth: survival depends on our ability to adapt, improvise and overcome all situations. And nature offers all species the necessary abilities to adapt. Exactly like hawkmoths, we are all designed to adapt, improvise and overcome all light or darkness situations with no flaw. Animals don’t have the power to rationalize and paradoxically do it wrong, they completely depend on their biological workings to survive.
Hawkmoths have a fascinating way of indulging themselves into the great pleasure of eating. They feed at dusk by inserting a long proboscis into the sweet nectar of flowers. The moths face the challenge of balance, just like any other species does. They must maintain a levitating position while they feed from flowers with a proboscis that “can be as long as their body while the flower is moving in the wind”.
To proceed with feeding, they need to see the flower in its entirety and they all do it at “levels at which we’d have trouble seeing the hand in front of our face”, Simon Sponberg, assistant professor at Georgia Tech reported.
Slowing visual processing in their brain is the way hawkmoths cope with near darkness. By doing this, they allow their brains to gather higher levels of light. Understanding the way animals cope with their lives and adjust to particular conditions can offer us a great insight on what coping could mean for humans too. Shutting down brain functions can be as efficient for us as it is for hawkmoths, as over analyzing and over thinking most of the times takes us to dark places and leaves us alone and isolated in no man’s land, unable to grasp a thin thread of light. Nature is all encompassing and hawkmoths are here to prove us exactly that.
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