Dendrobium sinense, yet another terrible orchid.
I mean, it doesn’t trick wasps into trying to fuck it, but it’s still pretty bad. Instead of trying to trick wasps into coming back to its place for a cup of coffee, it tricks the black shield wasp into thinking that it’s a panicky colony of bees.
Like, at what point does this stop being easier than just making with the goddamned nectar, is what I want to know.
You are actively trying to make wasps who feed on bees attack you in order to rub your plant-junk all over their thorax. By putting out “Panicked Bee” eau de toilette. How much does sugar-water really cost to manufacture, plant?
Not much, as it turns out. It just ain’t gonna.
Why not? Well…
Above: Epipactis helleborine, an orchid which went out of its way to make a lot of nectar and then had to bite the bullet and lie about shit anyway.
It smells like damaged cabbage in order to trick a parasitic wasp into trying to find caterpillars up its stigmatic surface, and presumably makes them feel less ridiculous by making them breakfast afterwards.