Nutritional Symbionts: Why Some Insects Don’t Have to Eat Their Vegetables
While many animals, like humans, consume a varied diet to get their necessary nutrition, some insects can extract nourishment from a nutritionally poor food source through symbioses with microbial symbionts.
A Varied Diet can be Dangerous for Caterpillars
For caterpillars, having a well-rounded diet can be fraught with peril. UC Irvine and Wesleyan University biologists have learned that caterpillars that feed exclusively on one or two plant species […]