Riddle Me This

pink l-s 

Here’s a question: How is it that pink lady’s-slippers ever get pollinated? They have no fragrance that I can discern and offer no pollen or nectar. And yet, every now and then you can find one that’s been pollinated — by some unsuspecting poor devil, I assume, who’s been hoodwinked into thinking this beautiful blossom offers a reward of some sort. I photographed this lovely specimen with somewhat bedraggled leaves in Abbo’s Alley.

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And here’s another: Why is it that white moths are often found resting on pink lady’s-slippers? Callie photographed this plant at Fall Creek Falls this spring. She’s identified the moth as a “white slant-line.” Google “image white moth on pink lady’s-slipper” and you’ll see what I mean about the moths!

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3 comments

  1. M E Cheshier

    Wow! What a shot! I love this picture. 🙂

  2. Ants do the job when no one else is around!

  3. The moth is probably laying eggs on the plant (which may be its host plant, and a meeting place to find mates) or waiting for a mate.

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