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Navigating at night

Over the last decade or so, the Lund vision group have produced a brilliant sequence of papers looking at the visual systems and behaviours of nocturnal insects. The ability of such insects to use vision for navigation, even in low light levels, is truly wondrous and here, Eric and Marie review what we know about this process.

Abstract “Despite their tiny eyes and brains, nocturnal insects have evolved a remarkable capacity to visually navigate at night. Whereas some use moonlight or the stars as celestial compass cues to maintain a straight-line course, others use visual landmarks to navigate to and from their nest. These impressive abilities rely on highly sensitive compound eyes and specialized visual processing strategies in the brain.”

Warrant, E., & Dacke, M. (2016). Visual navigation in nocturnal insects.Physiology31(3), 182-192.
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