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The Ecology: Flowers, Flies, Bats, and Butterflies

Neotropical relatives of the cucumber plant are part of a fascinating system of biological interactions. The brilliant orange flowers are pollinated by Heliconius butterflies and hummingbirds, and the seeds are dispersed by fruit bats. We are studying the many cryptic species of fruit flies that eat these tropical cucumbers.

We need your help in discovering how to tell apart fly species that are new to science!

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Research Funded by National Science Foundation grants DEB 0330845 to M Condon & DEB 0330847 to S Swensen

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0330845.Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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