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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13642-orchids-sexual-deception-triggers-ejaculation.html

PhotobucketMale orchid dupe wasp
(Image: Esther Beaton)

“Few can resist the allure of a beautiful rose, but some wasps outdo even the most ardent flower lover. Presented with the right specimen, a male orchid dupe wasp ejaculates right on the petals.”

      “The orchids that caused the most extreme behaviour – pollination with ejaculation – have the highest pollination rate of any known sexually deceptive orchid. I think ejaculation is just a side effect of having an extremely compelling orchid.” ~

Anne Gaskett, Macquarie University, Sydney.

 

These wasps and orchids have a fascinating relationship – visit the article to discover more (including the interesting fact that the female wasps can produce offspring without mating… but only males). There’s a video there too, showing the male being fooled by the orchid.

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