Plants Behaving Badly

Two groups of plants exhibit such intriguing behavior that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin. These same plants, the orchids and the carnivorous plants, still fascinate scientists today. In two one-hour films, Plants Behaving Badly reveals a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller.

Sex & Lies

53m 5s

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

Episodes

  • Sex & Lies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sex & Lies

    S1 E2 - 53m 5s

    Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

  • Murder & Mayhem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Murder & Mayhem

    S1 E1 - 53m 10s

    Recently scientists have shown that many more plants are carnivorous than we ever thought. Welcome to the world of killer tomatoes and murderous potatoes. But even the more obvious carnivorous plants — sundews, flytraps and pitchers — are revealing new behavior. Carnivorous plants have featured in many sci-fi films over the years, but the reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction.

Extras + Features

  • A “Clever Adaptation”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A “Clever Adaptation”

    S1 E2 - 2m 50s

    In this film, we see how orchids deceive insects into helping them, using underhand tricks, including the promise of sex. Bee orchids have flowers that look like female bees and exactly mimic the scent produced by female bees. Male bees are completely fooled and try to mate with the flower and in their misguided frenzy, they pick up the orchid’s pollen.

  • Episode 2 Preview | Sex & Lies: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview | Sex & Lies

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

  • The Venus Flytrap: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Venus Flytrap

    S1 E1 - 2m 39s

    Carnivorous plants have evolved ways of trapping insects. Snap traps work along the lines of an old-fashioned mousetrap. Scientists have finally worked out how the Venus flytrap can close its trap so quickly.

  •  A “Symbiotic Bond": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A “Symbiotic Bond"

    S1 E1 - 3m 9s

    Roridula, a South African plant covered in sticky resin blobs which trap insects, lack digestive glands. Roridula depend on Pameridea bugs, which are only found among these branches, to process the trapped insects and to leave behind droppings as fertilizer.

Schedule

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