The Territories is Heath Killen’s new project. The site blends stories of Australia’s natural and cultural history under a unique aesthetic. I encourage you to check it out.
I was happy to make a recent contribution to The Territories, a story and photo gallery about Australia’s abundance of deceptive orchids:
Rather than luring its pollinator with the promise of food this flower uses an equally, if not more, powerful motivator: sex. Undetectable to human senses, the orchid’s advertisement is a precise chemical mimicry of a female wasp’s sex pheromone. This is targeted marketing at its finest, as the use of a signature sex pheromone ensures that the orchid attracts only males of a specific species of wasp.