The Eureka Nonfiction Children’s Book Award has recognized POLLEN: Darwin’s 130-Year Prediction with a Silver Honor. Given by the California Reading Association, this award recognizes the best of children’s nonfiction for the past year.
POLLEN is a 2019 Junior Library Guild selection and received a starred Kirkus review. Darwin predicted that a Madagascar orchid would be pollinated by a huge moth. 130 years later, German scientist Lutz Thilo Wasserthal traveled to Madagascar and finally photographed the moth pollinating the orchid.
This incredible photograph shows the moth before the Madagascar orchid pollinating it. The moth’s 11′ long proboscis is clearly visible. It’s inserted into the flower and will push down to the bottom of the nectary to suck up the nectar.
This book is part of the Moments in Science series, which includes Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle, Clang: Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments, and Eclipse: How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.