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‘Liquid Assets for Fat Bankers’

In 1981, Deborah Kendall and Peter Kevan published a delightfully-titled paper “Liquid Assets for Fat Bankers: Summer Nectarivory by Migratory Moths in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, U.S.A.“. They trapped moths at Pennsylvania Mountain near Fairplay Colorado, focusing on endemic and migratory species such as the common ‘miller moth’, Euxoa auxillaris. Miller moths famously migrate to highly elevation, feed on nectar, convert this nectar into lipid reserves, and return to lower elevations to reproduce using these fat stores.