News From the Field
Which Came First, the Moth or the Cactus?
August 13, 2007
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.It's not a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket--unless you're a senita moth. Found in the parched Sonoran desert, the moths have a rare, mutually dependent relationship with senita cacti, one of only three known dependencies in which an insect actively pollinates flowers for the purpose of assuring a food resource for its offspring. Rice University ecologists are using the relationship to test new theories of community ecology. Full Story
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