"The Rape of the Sabine Women" (detail)
This 1702 painting by Sebastiano Ricci
has a pivotal role in our story. Continue reading “The “governess” who messed with a family”
The poor deluded wasp is called Lissopimpla excelsa.
I could not improve on the original title, so I let it be. (Don’t worry, it’s only botany and entomology, so it’s safe for work.) A video from New Scientist explains how the wily Australian tongue orchid dupes wasps into having flower sex so the orchid can spread its pollen. Continue reading “Orchid’s sexual deception triggers ejaculation”