How do some orchids mimic insects?

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How do some orchids mimic insects?
« on: 08/04/2010 16:30:02 »
Chris Lait  asked the Naked Scientists:
Could you please tell me how some orchids can replicate a female bee's scent and visually to attract a male bee? 

Does this mean plants can see?
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How do some orchids mimic insects?
« Reply #1 on: 12/04/2010 16:35:27 »
Hi there,

No, that doesnīt mean, that plants are able to see the insects they are imitating.
And that is not necessary, because evolution is not specific. It is not, that any plant decided, which smell or appearance would do best, to reach the goal to reproduce. Itīs more that individuals of one species differ a bit.
In fact the insects formed the plants appaerance via selecting those varieties, which smells the best for example. .. and so on.