Stealth Moth: Ninja of the Night Sky

Having grown up in the 80s, I know a thing or two about witnessing an arms race. After blowing things up for a thousand years or so, we as a species had finally gotten truly excellent at it, to the point where there was an actual chance that we might blow up every single thing, person, and place on Earth. Basically there would be no nouns left. Only verbs, and the occasional adjective. The arms race has always been Exhibit A in the case against humanity, so it was nice to learn that some other species is doing it for a change. A coalition of nerds from Wake Forest and Colorado State has discovered that certain moths deploy a hi-tech defense system in their war against bats. The technology? Sonar jamming.

Bats have been using echolocation to stalk the night sky for like a billion years or something. Scanning their hapless prey at frequencies no organism can detect — it's not even really all that fair, if you ask me. It's like they can lick the air and taste fear. Well it turns out that these particular moths, a species of tiger moth called Bertholdia trigona, emit a series of ultrasonic clicks as they fly around at night. The clicks serve as auditory chaff, concealing the moths in a cloud of please-don't-eat-me goodness. They are, in short, stealth moths. This leaves them free to drift into an open flame and burn to death.

Who knew moths had their own little version of Northrup Grumman? Do the bats even know they're being outwitted? Have they any intelligence assets in place to find out?

One of these is Bertholdia trigona, the other is an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Can you even tell which is which?

BEGIN TRANSMISSION — CODE LEVEL: TOP SECRET I shall be swift, for I do not know how much time I have before they find me. SIGINT was correct, the moths have using echostealth technology. Do you realize what this means? If other moth factions were to get their hands on the technology ... well, you are too young to remember the Fruit Bat Famine of '79, and I shall spare you the gory details. The Colonel was right all along. What fools we were to have stripped him of his rank. I will try to get this out through the Prague station chief. I fear I shall not see you again. Also, I asked around, and the others like to hang upside-down in caves as well. Does everyone do this? I honestly thought I was the only one.

Sadly, history provides a road map for what will come next. The bats will use stronger echolocation, at higher frequencies. The moths will waterboard bat operatives to learn the new frequencies. The bats will develop infrared vision. The moths will cloak themselves in styrofoam to mask their heat signatures. The bats will deploy air-to-air missile systems. The moths will flood the sky with decoy drones. The bats will build an A-bomb. The moths will sneak their missiles into Cuba. Suddenly it's October 1962 all over again, and the Doomsday Clock is hitting one minute to midnight.

This is just like what happened with the fire ants and their ICBMs.