The sea spider iris bears its pungent, peculiar flowers between August and October (3), but each flower lasts for just a single day (6). Little information is available regarding the biology of the sea spider iris, but it can be presumed to be similar to that of other Ferraria species. Ferraria species are known to be pollinated by dung, flesh and game flies, and also by bees and wasps. The dull, mottled patterning of the flowers, along with their unpleasant rotting flesh or fermenting fruit scent attract flies (1), who are duped into thinking this is a suitable place to lay eggs (8). The flies walk all over the flowers trying, and failing, to find a suitable place to lay their eggs (8), and leave dusted liberally with bright orange pollen. While the sea spider iris does not provide insects with a suitable place to lay eggs, pollinators are rewarded with sips of concentrated nectar (1).