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The Orchid that Captures Workers

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we look at a relatively rare orchid that behaves almost like an animal at pollination time.

The Coryanthes orchid has a steep-sided flower shaped almost like a bucket. Two glands extend over the center of the "bucket" and secrete a clear fluid into the flower after it opens. When a bee falls into the sticky fluid, it’s impossible for the bee to escape the way he entered. However, the orchid has a tunnel through which the bee can easily escape. But as the bee nears the tunnel's end, the flower drops down a projection from the tunnel's ceiling, holding the bee for about ten minutes before freeing him. While the bee is held, the flower glues two packets of pollen to the bee.

The Coryanthes orchid not only shows us the Creator, but it shows us how unlimited His creativity and imagination are.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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