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Bees tricked into (pseudo)copulating with flowers

This snippet was interesting. I wasn’t previously aware of this occurring…

Some flowers go to extraordinary lengths to attract pollinators. Bee orchids mimic the shape and scent of bees in order to lure them into ‘pseudocopulation’, where the male insect attempts to mate with the flower…


Yes, Alan. Thanks for sharing. Of course, this is specifically targeting bumble bee queens. The orchid emits the smell of a drone pheromone that attracts virgin queens. Normally, they’ll mate for hours unlike honey bees. I’m sure she would be disappointed and confused when her invitation to a hot date turns out to be a dud.