National Geographic : 2009 Aug
that looked like a few sprigs of radicchio, the perfect cloaking device for a stealth hunter of leaf-eating insects that is itself much coveted by insectivorous reptiles and birds. At other times the swindler wants its merchandise to be no- ticed; that s the whole point. An angler sh wags its head until its eshy protuberance shimmies like a worm and baits other sh. Carrion or- chids sprout large, purplish, fetid blossoms that look and smell like dead meat to attract scav- enger ies, which will alight on the owers, get dusted with pollen, and maybe, just maybe, help the orchid breed. The sensory form that an act of mimicry Natalie Angier is a Pulitzer Prize--winning science writer. German-born Christian Ziegler has won several international awards for nature photography.