From orchids that mimic the appearance of bees to the carrion flower which smells like rotting meat, discover the devious world of the plant mimic.
- Some plants use mimicry to aid reproduction or defence.
- They employ ingenious methods.
- Some plants trick insects by pretending to be something different.
- Carrion flowers look and smell like rotting flesh to attract flies.
Most plants attract insects with brightly coloured flowers, offering sugary nectar in return for cross-pollination.
But some plants trick insects into visiting, providing no reward at all.
Some orchids mimic the appearance of female bees, with blue patches that look like wings, fur-like leaves and by emitting a perfume …
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