Wild Sex S1 • E7

How Orchid Bees Get Tricked Into Having Sex With Flowers





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Published on Dec 11, 2017

This flower tricks loner bees into having sex with it

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The weird sex life of orchids
“Orchids use bizarre devices to ensure they reproduce – including impersonating the sex organs of a female bee.”

The orchid and the bee
“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
“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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