Wednesday, September 16, 2009

the birds and the bees - advance lesson

( warning - this post has some scientific terms related to sex - you might get excited)



Jillsy Girl has a blog game/offering that has the prompt of "Blossom". The following post has been refurbished for her game (see the blog hop at the bottom). One more update note - it so happens that a gift of orchids prompted Jillsy Girl into using "Blossom". Strange coincidence.

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OK - I want to share some knowledge that this old man could have used about 40 years ago. It's not exactly birds and bees but more flowers and bees. Specifically, orchids, sexual deception, sex crazed males, and perfume.

My lesson in this started with reading a National Geographic article called Love & Lies. I've been able to read much more now than at any period in my life.

A couple of lines from the article that I found indicative of a problem males of many species probably share:
"....insects so foolhardy as to spend their time mating with nature's version of the inflatable love doll."
"On balance, having sex with anything that moves yields more offspring, even if it also leads to occasional romantic disaster."

This last line reminds me of my youth and first wife (offsprings fine, ex not so). (Oh BTW - I've never touch an inflatable doll - not that you care)

What all males could learn from this article is that we are subject to being blinded by sexual desire and often do stupid things because of it. Ok, that's not a new discovery for most adults.

But did you know that orchids (as in a flower) practice sexual deception very well.




So I learned there's a male Aussie wasp that gets duped by the exciting promising smell given off by the Australian tongue orchid. The stud wasp smells what he thinks is a sexy female and jumps in only to waste his time and sperm on the flower. The orchid drops some pollen on the confused wasp.

In this particular insect species the female can reproduce with or without sperm from a male. If this starts happening with humans, then guys are screwed just decorations.

If you have the time, go over and read the NGM article. It's very interesting.

Stupid me, I once thought the perfume business basis was women wanting to just smell nice.
 




Slightly related news - Cougar Cruise targets the older woman If they don't already, they should provide plenty of orchids on-board for the cougars.

Well excuse me now - I need to smell the orchids.

22 comments:

yorksnbeans said...

those slutty orchids!! :-)

this is totally a Nurse Myra type of post!

Unknown Mami said...

Oh, I don't think the men of our species need to worry about becoming merely decorative. I can vouch that female humans like to have sex for more than just procreation.

lisleman said...

@yorksnbeans - Ok now I have another blog to check out.

@unknown mami - well that's reassuring but the reasons and emotions sure can be complicated and confusing at times.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

"The orchid drops some pollon on the confused wasp."
hmmmm.......sounds familiar.
You have uncovered the evil plot of women everywhere!

lisleman said...

@maureen - yes I'm wondering if nature has some plot in which the males don't have such a good outcome. But on the other hand sex is confusing for both sides.

OneStonedCrow said...

Hehehe @ 'sleeping with an Orchid'...

... so does this mean our noses are bigger than our brains? (mens' I mean) ...

I must admit that overdone perfume is also a turn-off at times ...

glad to know you don't have a 'doll fetish' :)

nursemyra said...

Sandrine sounds particularly unimpressed

CatPurry said...

Pretty is as pretty does and orchids are lovely. I sent this to my gardening friends at Freidas Garden, they will love it as I did.

lisleman said...

@onestonedcrow - we have at least two brains and the excitable one can just take over and throw logic and reasoning to the wind.

@nursemyra - I have no idea of who she is and if she does many narrations. I'm guessing she didn't want to seem excited or show any humor.

@catpurry - thanks for sharing this.

Ocean Girl said...

No comment.

lisleman said...

@ocean girl - thanks for the visit and no comment. It's funny how a no comment becomes a comment. thanks

Mike Foster said...

That was...uh,er...ah...weird. But that's nature.

peace,
mike
livelife

lisleman said...

@mike foster - nature seems weird when looked at closely. so much we don't really understand. thanks for sharing a comment.

Nothing Profound said...

Some traps are fun to get caught in. If I were the wasp, I wouldn't complain.

lisleman said...

@nothing profound - well that's a different perspective on it. I wonder how many opportunities a wasp gets. thanks

Laufa said...

Is your wife's perfume orchid scented?
Thanks for stopping by - usually those Meme's do have attachments that call out other friends to answer the questions as well. I was just recapping.

lisleman said...

@laufa - it's nice to check out blogs new to me and thanks for the visit. Perfume? well that's more of a special occasion thing. I don't think my nose could tell an orchid from a rose.

Jillsy Girl said...

no wonder men don't trust women! :-)

lisleman said...

LOL - yeah that's a good point I should remember next time that question comes up.

Barbara S. said...

So educational!!!

oceangirl415 said...

This must be yorksbean and pre-disqus time.

lisleman said...

yes - I like it when I can recycle an old post. Most thoughts are timeless.

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