….So I used this beautiful symbol of deceit for my next murder mystery

Orchids can fool by mimicking characteristics of other flowers which do give rewards. Some produce look-alike nectar spurs that contain no nectar, or by aping the sexual hormones of insects. And many species have evolved multiple fake lures. The lazy spider orchid from south-western Australia, for example, attracts a local wasp both with sex pheromones and an insect-like silhouette.

Orchids: the success of beautiful cheats

March 15, 2017 | 10:33 am | Posted by Barbara Kiser

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