Tuesday, March 8, 2011

He who tickled the aphid

And so I am on Chapter 7, which is about instinct and animals that do things for the exclusive good of others.  A very noble concept to say the least. 

Of course Darwin did many studies to back up his theories.  One of these studies involved getting aphids to excrete a sweet juice that the ants like to feed on, without the ants present.  He tried to get them to excrete said juice by tickling the aphids with a single hair.  Talk about devotion to his project!  I of course was cracking up as I read this paragraph.  Alas, the aphid would only excrete the juice when the ant was present.  

Woo almost halfway through!

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