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Pollen : Darwin's 130 year prediction

Pattison, Darcy (author.). Willis, Peter (Peter N.), (illustrator.).

Summary

Summary: How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5 inch nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid? After experiments, he made a prediction. There must be a giant moth with a 11.5 inch proboscis, a straw-like tongue. Darwin died without ever seeing the moth, which was catalogued by entomologists in in 1903. But still no one had actually observed the moth pollinating the orchid. In 1992, German entomologist Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Ph.D. traveled to Madagascar. By then, the moths were rare. He managed to capture two moths and released them in a cage with the orchid. He captured the first photo of the hawk moth pollinating the flower, as Darwin had predicted 130 years before. This pollen science book includes backmatter information on the moth, the orchid, Charles Darwin, and Lutz Wasserthal. Also included is Wasserthal's original photo taken in 1992.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781629441191
  • ISBN: 1629441198
  • ISBN: 9781629441207
  • ISBN: 1629441201
  • ISBN: 9781629441214
  • Physical Description: print
    1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Little Rock, AR : Mims House, [2019]

Contents / Notes

General Note: A Junior Library Guild selection.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Target Audience Note:
007-010.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Subject: Darwin, Charles 1809-1882 Juvenile literature
Wasserthal, Lutz Thilo Juvenile literature
Pollination by insects Juvenile literature
Pollen Juvenile literature
Pollinators Evolution Juvenile literature
Sphingidae Juvenile literature
Plants Evolution Juvenile literature
Life sciences History Juvenile literature
Discoveries in science History Juvenile literature
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882 Juvenile literature
Discoveries in science History Juvenile literature
Research History Juvenile literature
Pollination by insects Juvenile literature
Orchids Juvenile literature
Moths Juvenile literature
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882
Sphingidae
Discoveries in science
Life sciences
Plants Evolution
Pollen
Pollination by insects
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882
Genre: History.
Picture books for children.
Picture books.
History.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.

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