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wasp and leafworm

DESPERATE BATTLE  Eating disgusting leaves may save an Egyptian cotton leafworm (right) from the zombie-making Microplitis rufiventris wasp that a corn plant lured in with odors.

venus flytrap

WITH A SNAP The leaves of the Venus flytrap capture prey through a process called snap-buckling. The outer leaf surface expands until it’s too much for the inner surface of the leaf to bear.

heirloom rose called Old Blush

OLD BLUSH  An analysis of rose genes, including of those in this heirloom rose called Old Blush, identifies overlooked ways the plants make some of their sweet-smelling compounds.  

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