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Cannibalistic Moths Help Scientists Understand How Extreme Selfishness Evolves – ScienceAlert

Scientists have figured out a way to stop cannibalistic moths from selfishly eating their siblings. All that’s required is the space to get to know one another.

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Scientists have figured out a way to stop cannibalistic moths from selfishly eating their siblings. All that’s required is the space to get to know one another.
The Indian meal moth, or the pantry moth (Plodia interpunctella), is usually a voracious vegetarian, chowing down on flours, cereals, rice, and other packaged foods as a young caterpillar. However, if there’s not enough nutrition around, or if there are too many moths in the brood, these larvae can sometimes turn on one another, feasting…

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