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Cytinus hypocistis

Published 10.11.2021

Cytinus hypocistis
The yellow rock rose shrike does not produce chlorophyll itself and lives as a parasite that extracts nutrients from its host plants, the rock roses, underground. From April to May it is in flower, and it also secretes a sticky liquid that attracts ants – and children! In the past, they used the glue to make paper kites.

Photo: Ines Dietrich