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Ghost orchid photos are first to
show pollination — and a surprise
about who's spreading the pollen

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Posted By: Hazymac, 7/13/2019 12:29:24 PM

In Florida, the land of flowers, no bloom is more famous than the rare and bewitching ghost orchid, featured in both the bestselling book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean and the movie Adaptation, starring Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. Most of the year the ghost orchid looks like a green lump on the side of a tree. But when it blooms, the flower "resembles the ghoulish ghost of a frog leaping in mid-air," one orchid expert wrote. "Should one be lucky enough to see a flower, all else will seem eclipsed." No more than about 2,000 of them remain in Florida, mostly in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Audubon's

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 7/13/2019 1:23:15 PM (No. 122479)
Very interesting...another wonderful creation of The Almighty. And, we find, that the long held assumptions of scientists were wrong. Imagine that.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ho72 7/13/2019 1:27:15 PM (No. 122484)
If I had a dollar for every time I've read, "Scientists were surprised, stunned, amazed, baffled, WRONG..."
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 7/13/2019 1:39:47 PM (No. 122499)
Nice, but people get cranked up about the oddest things.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Avikingman 7/13/2019 3:39:28 PM (No. 122579)
And thank God for that. Who would have guessed honey bees danced? Or as Ben Franklin said, "of what use is a baby?"
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Reply 5 - Posted by: NorthernDog 7/13/2019 5:23:09 PM (No. 122659)
The end of the article says insects are in decline. How could they possibly know that? There are trillions of insects in the world - many too small to even see.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Zarin 7/13/2019 5:55:54 PM (No. 122686)
The sphinx moth is one of my favorites. We also have seen 'humming bird' moths which came near twilight to drink nectar from our 3 foot tall white nicotiana.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: cor-vet 7/13/2019 7:03:44 PM (No. 122728)
"Insect populations are declining", says Shawn Clem. I guess this means American taxpayers can pony up more grant money to study, study study and find out why!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog 7/13/2019 11:57:57 PM (No. 122866)
I always love hearing the evolutionists try to explain how two species so tightly bonded to survival could "evolve" in synchronization with one another. Or how that Giant Sphinx Moth even knows where to find that Orchid before it dies itself. Face it, we have a wonderful and mighty Creator of all things we have on this earth.
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