One photo a day until I meet Jonathan Harris

2nd April

Frangipani (Plumeria).

Like any flowering plant, Frangipani relies on pollination in order to reproduce. Plants usually attract insects to perform this pollination by providing reserves of nectar upon which the insects can feed.

Frangipani flowers smell nice but they don't produce any nectar. Insects are attracted by this nice smell and end up pollinating the Frangipani as they fly from flower to flower, searching in vain for nectar that doesn't exist.

Does an insect get annoyed when it wastes time like this? Why haven't they worked out what's going on?