• Question: Is there any genetic link between insects and plants,that could explain mimcry e.g mantis orchid

    Asked by Dolly da Gucci to Ivy, Christina, Cheryl on 30 Jan 2017.
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      Cheryl Andisi answered on 30 Jan 2017:

      @ Dolly da Gucci,
      This is a fascinating plant behavior that but I am afraid I do not have an answer to your question.
      The little I know is that mimicry is a behavior plants adapt in order to facilitate pollination. I would really like to know the molecular basis of it too!
      The other side of the coin is insect mimicry- the insects that camouflage to look like plants-apparently a very old plant behavior that has been seen even in fossils.