Litcrawl: Geek out on good eats

I’m part of a great panel of writers reading for Eat, Drink, Geek, Write, put together by the Science Writers’ Handbook with help from MATTER. Join us and learn about (and taste) angelic fungi, invasive species, and squid gonads! I’ll be serving up pidan the way my Lao Lao makes them and reading my story for Lucky…

Orchids can be kind of a tease

I’ve always had a thing for orchids in part because the latter part of my name–兰 (the “lon” in Tienlon)–means orchid. Orchids are apparently rather wily. The Mediterranean bee orchid’s (Ophrys apifera) bulbous lip looks to us like a chubby, chuckling little fellow. To bees and wasps, the flower looks like a sexy female fetchingly waving…