[Image Description: Photograph of two tiger moths, standing on a branch, mating.]
Tiger moths mate primarily in the summer, using pheromones, and, in some cases, clicking noises, to find each other.
“In some special species, the female starts the mating system by releasing a pheromone. When the male detects the pheromone he clicks. Then the female responds with clicks and they click back and forth and back and forth. It’s like acoustic fireflies. They get closer and closer together and then finally they make lots and lots of noise and they mate.”