March 11, 2011
Ornate Day Gecko, Mauritius
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features
An ornate day gecko laps nectar from tree blossoms on Mauritius. Rare pollinators, bug-eating lizards may substitute on islands where neither pollinators nor predators are plentiful—filling a niche held by others on the mainland.
Phelsuma ornata on Gastonia mauritiana, Mauritius
See more photographs from the March 2011 feature story "Gold Dusters."