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Obligate Mutualism
by E T Waldron
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Fig wasps emerging from the fig of Ficus sur they have bred in.


Some years ago I heard about these type wasps and was fascinated. I started a poem and forgot it. just found and finished it today, They say there are thousands of different type wasps to suit all the varities of fig trees and bushes.;-)


The tiny female wasp crawled into the hole at the
bottom of the special flower insinuating herself
into the core which ultimately becomes a fig

She layed her eggs inside the fruit and watched
her young hatching, then she died, then the baby
wasps fight their way out, fly off to find another flowering fig where the process repeats itself

Thousands of different kinds of wasps pollinate
the different types of fig trees,without the wasps
the fig tree is barren and produces no fruit

How many of us eat figs never knowing that
a mother wasp gave birth to her her babies
inside it,though babies left ,the mother died inside

There are  Religious fig trees considered holy
by the Hindus, Buddhists Jains, and others, The
Buddha was said to have become enlightened
sitting under the fig tree

It was  fig leaves Adam and Eve covered
themselves with in the Garden of Eden, and
Jesus cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit

Fig wasps can breed nowhere else but inside figs, a relationship that is a classic example of an obligate mutualism (neither party can survive without the other) that has evolved over the last 60 or so million years.

Thanks to our awesome Creator  !




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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/4/2008
enjoyed the read, being from california i love figs! symbiotic
Reviewed by Jon Willey 1/19/2008
Symbiotic relationships exist as the balance of nature. "To everything there is a purpose". Mankind, generally overlooks through ignorance, our obligate mutualism with most things on mother earth.
Our insignificance is the most pressing issue of our significance. A beautiful poetic analogy. Thank you for sharing this poignant view with others. A reality check improves our perspectives. Jon Michael Willey
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 1/15/2008
Very informative write here. What's a little extra protien with your fig?

Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 1/13/2008
We, like this wasp, can only survive with Him.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 1/13/2008
mutualism fascinates me more and more, there is something so amazing about the intricacies of nature...i was not aware of these fig wasps, thanks
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/13/2008
Fascinating write!!

Looked like a spider to me when I opened the page...hesitated before I did go!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/13/2008
The cycle of nature is always fascinating...and even more so when written with your talented pen...

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 1/13/2008
I knew something tasted funny, dead mother wasps, yikes! I will stick to the fig leaf from now on, now if I can only get to a warmer clime, a beautiful and informative poem, rich in nutrients of many sorts,including your language! Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by William Bonilla 1/13/2008
an outstanding informative write Eileen
most enjoyable reading
thank you for sharing
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/13/2008
what a beautiful story in this write-thank you for this
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/13/2008
They say, (whoever "They" are)...That if you plant a fig tree in your yard, you will always have money! Now, knowing this, you'd think I'd have one in mine!...Now, I get it! I need to plant me a fig! :0

"Obligate Mutualism" I Love it! Just the title alone can spark a Swarm of things! Interesting informative and Filled with the Awe that comes, thinking of every little detail He put into nature, and how it was meant to ignite some comparisons in ours!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/13/2008
A most beautiful write of life and death, and continuation. Well done, Eileen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/13/2008
Excellent write, Eileen; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/13/2008
New one on me, Eileen . . . You gave it high status with you descriptice and delicate words . . . I still like figs . . .
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 1/13/2008
I love the figs, but keep well clear of the wasps/bee's

Interesting, is this revelation of the Fig wasp... the wonders of nature as with your poetry never cease to amaze and inspire.
TY dear one
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/13/2008
The wonders of nature are never ending and this is one of them. Thanks for sharing Eileen.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/13/2008
Informative and yet with the soft quality to make us remember how many wonders are out there that we, "know it all," don't know at all.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 1/13/2008
Nature is awesome and so is your poetry.
Love from
your Aussie friend and fan
Reviewed by jude forese 1/13/2008
well written buzz poem ...
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 1/12/2008
Auh!! The passionate wasp who lives where he breeds and inside a succulant life giving haven. How more perfect could life be....?
Reviewed by Joyce Devenish 1/12/2008
Great write Eileen. I think I might stop eating figs now...Love...Joyce
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/12/2008
A most educational offering. Thank you for sharing this, Eileen. Love and peace to you,


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