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interesting mutalism!
#biology #mutualism #fig #figwasp
Are there really dead wasps in your figs?
First, it's important to understand that figs aren't technically a fruit; they're actually an inverted flower. So the fig blooms inside its pod. As you know, flowers need to be pollinated so that they can reproduce, but since a fig's flower is hidden inside itself, that means its pollinator — in this case, the fig wasp — needs to crawl inside the fig to bring the pollen directly to the flower.
 
interesting mutalism!
#biology #mutualism #fig #figwasp
Are there really dead wasps in your figs?
First, it's important to understand that figs aren't technically a fruit; they're actually an inverted flower. So the fig blooms inside its pod. As you know, flowers need to be pollinated so that they can reproduce, but since a fig's flower is hidden inside itself, that means its pollinator — in this case, the fig wasp — needs to crawl inside the fig to bring the pollen directly to the flower.
 
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