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Butterfly Banter

March 04, 1990

Ree Strange Sheck's article on the Costa Rica rain forest ("Alone With Nature in a Tropic Rain Forest," Feb. 11) has me bemused and confused. In discussing plant mimicry, the writer described a passion flower that had leaves with Velcro-like hairs "to catch marauding butterfly larvae." Pray, how does a larva maraud? I thought they tended to be on the sedentary side.

SARA MERIC

Santa Monica

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