National Geographic : 2012 Dec
Tree of Life Photographs by David Liittschwager A giant sequoia is an ecosystem unto itself. e species here represent just a sample of the living things that call the tree home. Most are insects---from beetles to butter ies to wasps. Some are familiar, like the young robin and the lodgepole chipmunk. All make good use of the sequoia's o erings. Bats roost in the foliage and under loose bark. Ample shade nurtures plants like the pink pygmy rose and the wild ower called little prince's pine, with its pealike center. e Columbian emerald moth and the northern ying squirrel prefer the heights of the crown. SPECIES WERE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE PRESIDENT TREE IN SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK AND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY'S WHITAKER FOREST RESEARCH STATION AND SAGEHEN CREEK FIELD STATION. FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF SPECIES NAMES ON OUR IPAD AND KINDLE FIRE EDITIONS AND AT NGM.COM. SPECIES NOT SHOWN TO SCALE.