Saturday, March 12, 2011

Monarch Butterflies Use Plant Medicine

Humans aren't the only species that finds creative ways to self-medicate, according to a recent study by scientists at Emory University.

Research journal Ecology Letters recently published findings that demonstrate monarch butterflies use certain plants as medication to cure themselves and their offspring of disease.

"We have shown that some species of milkweed, the larva's food plants, can reduce parasite infection in the monarchs," said study leader Jaap de Roode, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University. Read the entire article and watch the video.

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