Pollinator Deception in the Orchid Mantis

@article{OHanlon2013PollinatorDI,
  title={Pollinator Deception in the Orchid Mantis},
  author={J. O’Hanlon and G. Holwell and M. Herberstein},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2013},
  volume={183},
  pages={126 - 132}
}
  • J. O’Hanlon, G. Holwell, M. Herberstein
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
  • Mimicry has evolved in contexts such as camouflage, predator deterrence, luring of prey, and pollinator attraction. Mimicry of flowers has until now been demonstrated only in angiosperms, yet it has been hypothesized that the Malaysian orchid mantis Hymenopus coronatus mimics a flower to attract pollinators as prey. Despite the popularity of this charismatic insect, this long-discussed hypothesis has never been experimentally investigated. We found that, as predicted for mimicry, the color of H… CONTINUE READING
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