I took the backdrop picture for this slide show from Three Coconuts, one of my ridgetop collection sites in Moorea. In the background is Mt. Rotui, another of my collection sites; in the foreground is the one plant I positively identified as moth food: Lantana camara. L. camara is an international weed with an international effort to control it. Its attractiveness to pollinators no doubt helps make it a successful invader. Also, these moths may be successful because they take advantage of L. camara as a food source. The introduction and spread of L. camara and other invasive plant species may have indirect negative effects on the native flora by competing for their pollinators.

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