MZUSP - Museu de Zoologia da USP
31.42.15 - Exposição de Longa Duração

Charles Darwin and orchids’ pollination

Charles Darwin was a skilled observer! In 1862, while observing the anatomy of orchids from the genus Angraecum, he suggested the existence of a pollinator, specifically a moth from the family Sphingidae, whose proboscis (organ for suction) would be long enough to reach the nectar of the species Angraecum sesquipedale. These moths have an important role in pollination, mainly in tropical environments, where Sphingidae are more diverse and abundant.