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NATURE | The Queen of Trees | Wasps Inside the Fig | PBS

Duration: 01:22


Inside the fruit of the sycomore fig, a complex drama plays out in miniature. Male fig wasps cut down the flowers that have budded inside. Then, the females pack the pollen from the flowers into special pockets on their breast. As the females work, the males tunnel outward to the surface of the fig, creating an escape route for the females who will carry the pollen to other trees. Without this help from the wasps, the sycomore fig would not survive.

NATURE’s “The Queen of Trees” is part of the 27th season of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS. Major support provided by Canon U.S.A. Inc., Toyota, SC Johnson, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information, visit www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episod...



Post Date: September 2, 2008