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The bucket orchid’s 10-minute prisoner


Coryanthes Orchid (alborosea)
Credit: Bot. garden/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0

The bucket orchids, common to Central and South America, Trinidad and Mexico are a classic example of God’s design in creation. Why? Because the bucket orchids and male orchid bees need each other to procreate. They cannot survive without the other.

The orchid creates a fluid, a sweet aromatic oil, that the male bees can smell up to five miles away. The male bees store the fluid in pouches in their hind legs and use it to attract female orchid bees for mating.

The bucket orchid also needs the male orchid bees to procreate and creates this fluid on its leaves with a pouch below and a small tunnel in the pouch veering off to the side.

Creation Moments explains what happens next:

As the number of bees collecting this substance off the flower’s surface increases, so does the likelihood that in the excitement one of them will fall into the pool below. When this happens, the sticky fluid makes it impossible for the bee to make its out of the “top” of the bucket-shaped flower. However, the tunnel provides an easy exit. 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. If it should happen that the bee already has pollen packets, this activity delivers the pollen to the stigma, and pollination is complete.

In other words, neither the bucket orchid nor the orchid bee can survive without the other. Evolutionists try to explain this by pushing the theory of co-evolution, that these two species evolved at exactly the same time, same rate, for the exact same purpose.

Sounds more like design and creation to me.

READ: The orchid that captures workers

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