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Better Than Real: Males prefer flower's scent to female wasp's

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10:45am, January 29, 2003

In an extreme case of sex fakery, an orchid produces oddball chemicals that mimic a female wasp's allure so well that males prefer the floral scents to the real thing, scientists say. This plant's come-on is different from that of a related orchid that flirts with bees.

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