Science: Tear-Drinking Moths

A grotesque entomological observation reported last week by Dr. Raymond Corbett Shannon, U.S. scientist now working in the Argentine to improve local health: Certain night-flying moths there fly to the eyes of horses and suck the tears that their attacks cause. The same moths will settle on the skin of a sweating horse and drink at the salty perspiration. Hence, Dr. Shannon believes, the moths seek salt in the tears also.


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