Flower Power: Orchids Through Darwin’s Eyes

15th Annual Orchid Show is open at the Natural History Museum.

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Remember when you showed up at your S.O.'s parents' party in a suit... And it turned out it was a pool party? Yeah, AWKward.... But now you know it's always important to blend in with your surroundings.

Orchids know that. Ever see that orchid that basically looks like a bee? That's pretty much why Charles Darwin used orchids to explore his theories of selection and evolution.

Now you can check 'em out for yourself -- Orchids Through Darwin's Eyes: The 15th Annual Orchid Show opened last week at the Natural History Museum. The museum, in partnership with the U.S. Botanical Gardens, combines science, history and thousands of live plants to illustrate Darwin's effect on modern science and, well, look really really pretty.

While the orchid show is held annually, this year's event throws the focus to Darwin to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. Along with thousands of live orchids, you'll also see the earliest orchid fossil, embedded in amber with a now-extinct species of bee. If you go, be prepared for warm temps. We want you to blend in nicely this time. For once.

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