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The conspicuous small plant has one lethal enemy: people, who harvest the flower for conventional Chinese medication.
“Like other camouflaged plants we have studied, we thought the evolution of camouflage of this fritillary had been driven by herbivores, but we didn’t find such animals,” stated Dr Yang Niu, of the Kunming Institute of Botany, and co-writer of the research in Current Biology.
“Many plants seem to use camouflage to hide from herbivores that may eat them – but here we see camouflage evolving in response to human collectors.”It’s potential that people have pushed evolution of defensive methods in different plant species, however surprisingly little analysis has examined this.