For the Birds: Winged Predators Seek Certain Trees When Foraging for Caterpillars

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Unfortunately for caterpillars, munching on tree leaves that are healthy and tasty can dramatically boost their own risk of becoming food. Study results, published online this week in The American Naturalist, show that dining on the trees that are most nutritious for caterpillars — such as the black cherry — can increase by 90 percent their chances of being devoured by a discerning bird.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 11:42 pm

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