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Friday, May 19, 2017

Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened : The Two-Way : NPR

Dozens of scientists recently glued fake green caterpillars onto plants around the world in an unusual study to see how the caterpillars' risk of getting eaten varied from pole to pole.

Any ant, slug, lizard, bird or beetle that attacked the soft clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks that were later analyzed by a lab in Finland.

It turns out the risk of being eaten was eight times higher at the equator than close to the poles, according to a newly published report in the journal Science.


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What plants are there close to the poles?

Posted by: dearieme | May 19, 2017 1:07:13 PM