An Engineer in Wonderland – Nature isn’t always elegant
Last year, I bought two venus fly traps, one for a friend and one for me.
We fell to discussing how this insect eating plant avoids eating the insects that it relies on for pollination.
We speculated that the traps would close up during the ‘mating’ season.
We speculated that the traps’ ultraviolet signature would change.
Then they flowered and we discovered we were wrong.
Evolution has produced an inelegant, but obviously successful, strategy.
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