“See-food” diet

23 Sep

 “The shiny blue berries of the tropical Pollia condensata plant rely on their looks, not nutritional content, to attract birds to spread their seeds. The scientists at Cambridge think its beautiful advertising(wink, wink) is what makes birds pick it up and use it to decorate their nests. ” (http://www.npr.org/2012/09/11/160894364/how-to-get-birds-to-pick-blue-berries-they-can-t-eat)

I always thought birds were more intelligent than human being, who has a ‘see-food’ diet. Well, not only in food. We buy things we think are attractive, including plants.

Lantana lacebug damage.


Would you buy a plant that is not well structured, infested with scale mealy bugs or sooty mold (like so many plants this year in the landscapes) or chlorotic? You’d say no. Neither will your client.


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