“Sexy plants” produce the sex pheromones of insects which then frustrate pests’ attempts to mate.

“Eureka!” the scientists cried
“You no longer need pesticide
This plant makes a drug
That bedazzles a bug
And leaves it unable to ride.”

John Moynes

Pic: Alamy/Guardian

10 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Lush

    They’ve been using sexual confusion in the vineyards for quite some time now.
    And just to clarify (Janet, Millie, Brother B), it’s for the moths.

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      1. Lush

        Moths.
        Which lay eggs.
        Which become caterpillars.
        Which destroy everything.
        Birds are not a problem in the wider scheme of things. Wild boar and deer do more damage.

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        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          The thunderstorms did it for the vineyards around Bordeaux in the past few weeks. Sheesh! Crazy.

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          1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

            I am laughing my arse off at my mates in rainy Paris from this tropical island of Ireland

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