Pharyngula

But wouldn’t you know it, it’s an endangered species. If it weren’t for that, I’d happily wear Telipogon diabolicus on my lapel everywhere.

Telipogon-diabolicus

Comments

  1. #1 See Noevo
    July 13, 2016

    You’re saying “FOR ATHEISTS”
    because the flower has been given the name
    “DEVIL’S head”?

    Why?

  2. #2 Wizard Suth
    Canada
    July 14, 2016

    @sn: Religious people often report seeing religious iconography, e.g. Jesus, the virgin Mary, or a cross, in essentially random phenomena, e.g. pieces of toast, wood grain, vegetables, clouds, or shadows. It’s a form of optical illusion called pareidolia. If the appearance of something holy is considered a miracle from a god, then what should we make of the appearance of something unholy?

    This video spoofs the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8-8WJxA-cI

    Actually I think the flower resembles a bee or a fly, and like several other orchids has probably evolved to attract them by mimicking a potential mate.

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