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Darwin's OrchidsThen and Now$
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Retha Edens-Meier and Peter Bernhardt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044910

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226173641.001.0001

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Color and Sexual Deception in Orchids:

Color and Sexual Deception in Orchids:

Progress toward Understanding the Functions and Pollinator Perception of Floral Color

(p.291) Eleven Color and Sexual Deception in Orchids
Darwin's Orchids

A. C. Gaskett

University of Chicago Press

If Darwin (1862, 1877) had been able to use the modern protocols and equipment used to determine how orchid visiting insects detected color patterns, it is likely he would have described the extent of floral mimicry in these flowers over his lifetime (See Chapters 2-5, 7, 10). The author reviews the function of color in orchid flowers and how they may enhance their own detectability. The vision of flower visiting Diptera, (flies) and Hymenoptera (bees and wasps) is compared, as is modelling color and modelling fly vision.

Keywords:   color, detectability, Diptera, floral mimicry, Hymenopatera, vision

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