Answer to the Monday Mystery

As commenter Jenna B picked within minutes, Monday’s mystery flower was Theobroma cacao– the magical plant that so generously provides the world with chocolate- and it is pollinated by midges in the family Ceratopogonidae. In particular, the cacao pollinators are found in the large genus Forcipomyia. Here is one feeding not on a cacao nectary but from the hemolymph of a caterpillar.

Biting midge
Forcipomyia sp. (Belize)

So. Ten points to Jenna.

This brings us to the end of the month, and I am pleased to report we have a two way, ten point tie for March between Jenna B and Dave Almquist.

Congrats, Jenna & Dave! Email me for your loot.

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