News From the Life Centre

Nixon works in the Life Centre in Mashpi Lodge and is in charge of maintaining and finding host plants for butterflies.

To find plants where butterflies deposit eggs, each one very specific to each species, Nixon goes out into the forest and meticulously tracks the butterflies. When the butterflies are about to deposit eggs, they do a little dance around the plant before posing on its leaves.

Once Nixon has seen that butterfly has left its eggs on this plant, he takes the plant and embeds it in the greenhouse of the Life Centre to reproduce. After the reproduction of the plants has been successful it is taken to the laboratory of the CDV for the study of life development.

On this occasion, Nixon shows us the host plant of the Heliconius atthis, a beautiful Passiflora reticulata.

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