The Green Planet

The Orchid that Pretends It's A Wasp

Clip: Episode 3 | 3m 38s  | Video has closed captioning.

The Hammer Orchid does not look like a flower and has no nectar but also needs to attract a pollinator. This plant's strategy is to synchronize with the mating season of the thynnid wasp, attracting males by emitting a similar scent to that of the female. And since the orchid looks similar to the female, the male it attempts to mate with it.

Aired: 07/20/22

Rating: NR

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