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How Orchid Bees Get Tricked Into Having Sex With Flowers

This flower tricks loner bees into having sex with it

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Read More:
The weird sex life of orchids
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2011/oct/09/orchid-sex-botany-ziegler-pollan
“Orchids use bizarre devices to ensure they reproduce – including impersonating the sex organs of a female bee.”

The orchid and the bee
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/1/l_011_02.html
“When the male wasp tries to mate with the dummy female, he fails, but the orchid succeeds in getting pollen on the wasp. He flies away, only to be fooled again by another orchid pulling the same trick. In the process, the wasp transfers pollen from flower to flower.”

Orchids’ sexual trickery explained: Leads to more efficient pollinating system
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091217183442.htm
“A new study reveals the reason why orchids use sexual trickery to lure insect pollinators. The study finds that sexual deception in orchids leads to a more efficient pollinating system.”

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