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Deceptive Reception

ByNancy Topolski

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Hammer orchids have specified their method of pollination by only being pollinated by the Thynnid wasp. The female wasps being flightless wait on top of any stem for the males, to fly in and carry them off. Hammer orchids being deceitful mimic the female wasps, their labellum being similar in color and in structure to the female wasp's abdomen. The orchids also produce pheromones very similar to those that the female wasp produces. When the male becomes attracted by the pheromones released by the orchid and its shape, it tries to fly away with the labellum, which makes the stem holding it move backwards. The male wasp will become tired of trying and fly off. In order for the Hammer orchid to be successfully pollinated, the male wasp must be fooled by another individual orchid, where it goes through the same procedure. No description supplied

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Publication Date
Mar 3, 2011
Language
English
Category
Art & Photography
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Nancy Topolski

Specifications

Pages
195
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
Small Square (7.5 x 7.5 in / 190 x 190 mm)

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