Texans in Ecuador discover and preserve

We may have the entire genome of the zebra finch and the silk moth, but for so many tropical birds and butterflies we don’t even have one life stage connected to the other. We may not even have one sex connected to its partner. What does this caterpillar become? Why do we know so much about life on earth and yet so often not even know this?

At Las Gralarias, high above Mindo, Ecuador, and across the country a ways at Yanayacu, they are discovering natural links between life stages. Las Gralarias is Jane Lyons‘ dreamland preserve, a thousand glorious cloud forest acres. Jane has a fascinating life story, once making her home in Austin, Texas. But that is for another entry. Back to the caterpillars.
OK, this got truncated for reasons only Ecto knows. I’ll republish the whole thing under a different name.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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