At Covent Garden, Moth Pheromones Help Protect Costumes

Classic Arts News   At Covent Garden, Moth Pheromones Help Protect Costumes
Covent Garden is using a new pheromone-based traps to protect its costumes from moths, the London Telegraph reports.

When male moths enter the new traps, developed by Southampton University researchers, female pheromones become attached to their bodies. Other males then attempt to mate with them instead of females, and the number of new eggs is reduced.

The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet store about 2,000 costumes at Covent Garden and another 750,000 in storage in South Wales. Before the system was installed, the companies were spending tens of thousands of pounds repairing moth damage each year.

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