Plants Behaving Badly

A “Clever Adaptation”

Clip: Episode 2 | 2m 50s | Video has closed captioning.

In this film, we see how orchids deceive insects into helping them, using underhand tricks, including the promise of sex. Bee orchids have flowers that look like female bees and exactly mimic the scent produced by female bees. Male bees are completely fooled and try to mate with the flower and in their misguided frenzy, they pick up the orchid’s pollen.

Aired: 05/02/17

Rating: TV-PG

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