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Go for the Fruit!

You may have heard of Pac-Man, the video game released in 1980 by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Well, you're in for a surprise!
Pac-Man has made an unexpected appearance in the microscopic world.

© BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

The subject of this shot looks just like Pac-Man as he prepares to eat some fruit.*
How adorable that he never misses a fruit even as he is running away from monsters!
But of course, this isn't really Pac-Man, is it?

* Items to collect for bonus points that appear twice in each round.

© BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

Answer: Pollen sac of the Chinese bellflower

What looked like Pac-Man preparing to eat some fruit is in fact the pollen sac of a Chinese bellflower!
Pollen sacs are shaped like bags, and their job is to make pollen.
In the image, the pollen sac has just burst open and the pollen has come out, creating a resemblance to Pac-Man.

© BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

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