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Volume 5 Issue 9, September 2019

Volume 5 Issue 9

Defensive origami

Isodons are a diverse tribe of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae). The unusual, multi-lobed shape of Isodon umbrosus var. hakusanensis leaves appears to be a defence mechanism. The complex shape deters the herbivorous weevil, Apoderus praecellens, from laying its eggs here by disrupting their leaf-processing behaviour.

See Higuchi, Y. & Kawakita, A.

Image: A. Kawakita. Cover Design: L. Heslop.

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