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From whirring moths to squeaking bats, the world is full of animal communications we cannot detect

Outside the range of our senses, the animals around us chirrup, shimmer and moan

By Cal Flyn   July 2019

The isle is full of noises—how animals communicate outside the reach of our senses.

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a magical, sundazzled evening as a moth whisperer. It was easy: I went down to the woods alone at golden hour, and drew from my bag a rubber bung about the size of a pencil eraser. I placed this mysterious object atop a broad, mossy stump. Then I waited.

This bung was, I’d been promised, a pheromone lure. Soaked in chemicals selected to mimic those of…

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