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Orchids and Insects

This Catalyst article explains how orchids have evolved over millions of years to have a close relationship with the insects which pollinate them. Like many plants, orchids rely on insects to carry pollen from one flower to another in order to reproduce. Many plants offer a reward to pollinators, and so do some orchids. However, a good many do not and in these cases they simply deceive the insect. In the most extreme cases, the orchid mimics a female wasp, even down to the scents it makes, to attract a male.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2013, Volume 24, Issue 1.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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