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Bees and hoverflies gobble fake pollen, benefiting both insect and plant – Science Magazine

Study suggests pollinators find the pseudopollen of at least one orchid species delicious.



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A hoverfly exits the blossom of a Cypripedium wardii orchid after having fed on its pseudopollen (whitish powder visible at the lip of the pouchlike blossom). 
Zheng Chen-chen
By Richard PallardyMay. 12, 2021 , 2:30 PM
Orchids are among the most devious flowering plants on the planet. Many species trick pollinators into helping them reproduce. Some release sex pheromones that attract male insects, whereas others make fake pollen to tempt bees and other pollinators with the promise of a meal. Scientists…

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