Class 12 Biology Organisms and Populations Sexual deceit

Sexual deceit

Sexual deceit is the process in which petal of its flower bears an uncanny resemblance to the female of the bee in size, colour and markings. Example- the Mediterranean orchid Ophrys.

The male bee is attracted to what it perceives as a female, ‘pseudocopulates’ with the flower, and during that process is dusted with pollen from the flower.

When this same bee ‘pseudocopulates’ with another flower, it transfers pollen to it and thus, pollinates the flower.

Fig. the Mediterranean orchid Ophrys  

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