At first glance Araujia sericifera doesn’t look very cruel. Even the thorn in the photograph belongs to its neighbour, a rose. Do not be fooled by its innocuous appearance, it is a real meanie. This evergreen vine lures in night-time flyers, usually moths, with its benign presence. Whilst investigating the flower for something delicious to eat the innocent pollinator is grasped by the proboscis (ouch) and held until it is released the following morning. This torture technique has evolved to ensure pollination takes place, preventing nectar being stolen without the job being done properly. This is the first year it has flowered and fortunately I am yet to see any poor unfortunates attached by the conk. I can’t believe that I am condoning such behaviour. I wonder if there is a way to eject the captives without hurting them. I’m not cut out for this “nature raw in tooth and claw” malarkey.