Pest uses plant hairs for protection: Trichomes save insect from beetle predation

Guam cycads’ hairy problem allows invasive insect to flourish. Everyone needs to eat. But it’s a dog-eat-dog world, and with the exception of the top predators, everyone also gets eaten. To cope with this vicious reality, a tiny insect that eats plants has learned to employ the plant’s hairs for physical protection from its beetle predator.


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