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Orchids are a fascinating group of plants. They have the ability to attract insects to pollinate them by deceiving them and the way they do this varies from species to species. Some, like the bee orchid, mimic a female bee or wasp by appearance and by smell, which fools a male bee or wasp to mate with it. Others, like the southern marsh orchid lures insects by sight, looking bright to advertise that it has nectar. The catch is, they don't. The pollinator is fooled out of a meal and ends up carrying away a parcel of pollen attached to the back of the head. To remove it, the insect needs to visit another orchid to pollinate it. Of course, there are other methods that orchids use to trick an insect into pollinating it, but it goes to show that there's more to orchids than being attractive, beautiful flowers to our eyes.