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A wasp is in love with my blooming Phals

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    Default A wasp is in love with my blooming Phals

    This little guy/gal loves to crawl around my phals that are in bloom all day long. Every time I walk into the greenhouse it's sitting there on one of the blooms the just flies over to another one. I've heard of wasps the pollinate orchids but I don't think this is what's going on or is it. Or, does it just like my orchids?
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    My guess is that even though it isn't its normal pollinator it is attracted to what is called 'orchid honey dew'.

    Honeydew is that clear liquid that oozes from happy orchid spikes and flowers. Supposedly it has a sweet taste.

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    As long as it's not hurting them and I don't see it building a nest anywhere inside the greenhouse it can stay as long as it likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    My guess is that even though it isn't its normal pollinator it is attracted to what is called 'orchid honey dew'.

    Honeydew is that clear liquid that oozes from happy orchid spikes and flowers. Supposedly it has a sweet taste.
    C'mon, you've never tasted it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    My guess is that even though it isn't its normal pollinator it is attracted to what is called 'orchid honey dew'.

    Honeydew is that clear liquid that oozes from happy orchid spikes and flowers. Supposedly it has a sweet taste.
    I always wonder why there are so many ants on my orchid spikes. Well I got my answer now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azizan View Post
    I always wonder why there are so many ants on my orchid spikes. Well I got my answer now!
    Many species of plant produce sugars to attract ants and other insects. Be watchful though. Ants sometimes bring aphids or scale.

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    I would think with the wasp that if it's enjoying the honeydew it would be passing the word along unless it's a selfish wasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    C'mon, you've never tasted it?
    One half-hearted attempt only.

    It didn't taste especially sweet to me. But humans probably have among the worst taste/scent sensors compared to lots of the animal kingdom.

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    I have oncs, catts, and phals here in FL. All produce "honey" that attracts big ants, who (luckily) do not seem to have brought any "baggage" with them, nor do they seem to have damaged the plants. OTOH, my lonely phal in Europe was completely Swiss-cheesed by ants last spring while I wasn't looking. I wonder why FL ants don't eat the leaves?

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