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The Bee Orchid gets its name from its main pollinator - the bee - which is thought to have driven the evolution of the flowers. To attract the pollinating bees, the plant has evolved bee-like flowers; drawing them in with the promise of love, the bees are naturally attracted to the flowers and fly in to attempt a mating. As they land on the velvet-textured lip of the flower, the pollen is transferred and the poor bee is left frustrated. Sadly, the right species of bee doesn't occur in the UK, so Bee Orchids are self-pollinated here. Look out for their diminutive flower spikes on dry, chalk and limestone grasslands from June to July.

Photographed in situe using an opaque white perspex sheet with flash behind to get the pure white background. No flowers or plants were harmed in the creation of this image.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix G6
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Jun 2014 - 12:25 PM
Focal Length:89mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bee
Username:Terry L Terry L
Uploaded:18 Jun 2014 - 9:26 PM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 - 10:00 PM

Another great shot, Terry.
Tony

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 1:22 AM

Great technique - impressive image.
Thanks for sharing both.
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Greyheron
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19 Jun 2014 - 7:12 AM

A beautifully detailed Bee, Terry.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 12:26 PM

A stunning illustration of this sweet little orchid.

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capto
capto e2 Member 21163 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2014 - 3:22 PM

Beautifully worked.Smile

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19 Jun 2014 - 5:22 PM

Great Image and info as always on this excellent series Terry.

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DonMc
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18 Aug 2014 - 8:30 PM

This is a first class presentation of a great image Terry!Smile
Don

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