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"Pollinating a King-In-His-Carriage Orchid"Image by Carel Brest van Kempen (visit gallery »)
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TitlePollinating a King-In-His-Carriage Orchid Contact
»Carel Brest van Kempen DescriptionThe Australian King-In-His-Carriage Orchid (Drakea glytodon) is pollinated by the wasp Zapilothynnus trilobatus. The flightless female wasp climbs a plant stem when receptive, and waits for a flying male to whisk her off. Here she bears a modest resemblance to the warty dark labellum of the King-In-His-Carriage. When a male thynnid wasp attempts to mate with the flower, the hinged stem knocks the insect into the column, dusting the wasp or the stigma with pollinia. KeywordsOrchid, hammer orchid, Wasp, pollination, ecology, mimicry, deceptive pollination, Australia Media Color Categories Nature, Science Subject(s) Animal, Botanical, Entomology, Invertebrates, Ecosystem, Editorial, Institutional, Processes, Storybook