from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the hymenopterous family Thynnidæ.
- Having the characters of or belonging to the family Thynnidæ.
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Part of the flower bears a crude resemblance to an insect, duping the male thynnid wasp into attempting to mate with it.
Bright red flowers are usually bird-pollinated, for birds, unlike insects, see well at the red end of the spectrum. (f) Sunbird sucking nectar from a red flower in Africa. (g) Bucking bronco ride of a thynnid wasp on a hammer orchid. (h) Honey trap?