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Comet Orchid

Comet orchid: Morgan's sphinx moth
When Charles Darwin studied this orchid and its 10-to-12-inch nectar tube in the 19th century, he theorized that somewhere in the flower's native Madagascar must exist a pollinator that has evolved a proboscis of similar length. And, indeed, several decades after Darwin's death researchers discovered this rare species of the Morgan's sphinx moth with its exceptionally long proboscis.


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