Beware of these deceptive hypocrites! – Bee orchids

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The world is a mysterious place with a lot of unknown things. This series is to undiscover some of such unknown plants. This time let us put some light on BEE ORCHIDS

Bee orchids are fascinating and beautiful plants that certainly live up to their name: each flower looks like it has a female bee or wasp resting on it. These modified petals also smell like female bees, emitting enticing chemical signals. These remarkable adaptations are in fact an effective deception to lure a real bee to come and mate.

In most bee orchid species the excited male insect becomes covered in pollen, in turn pollinating the next orchid he visits; a few species, however, are still self-pollinating. Still these plants don’t take any chances for thier future and keep on luring innocent bees. These Mediterranean masters of mimicrygrow either singly or in small groups in meadows, woodland edges or even by the side of the road.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. Next time we will meet you with yet again a different plant! Till then happy farming! Thank you!

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