The inflorescence of a fig is protected from insect penetration by overlapping scales.

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"The gall wasp that lands on the fig's inflorescence is always a female. She has already mated and is needing to deposit her eggs. She begins to force her way into the tiny hole in the inflorescence. This is not easy for the entrance is guarded by overlapping scales." (Attenborough 1995:141)

The Private Life of PlantsBBC BooksAugust 21, 1995
David Attenborough

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