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OPHRYS SPECULUM / Mirror Orchid

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Ophrys speculum is easy to recognise owing to its vivid blue, glossy, enamel-like lip, which is fringed with long, red-brown hairs. It is as if the flower reflects the sky of the Mediterranean, where this striking orchid is found; ‘speculum’ means mirror in Latin.
It is pollinated exclusively by the wasp Dasyscolia ciliata. Males are lured by the flower, which resembles the female wasp. The flower and wasp are both hairy and the blue patch on the lip appears to mimic the reflection of the sky on the wasp’s wings. Moreover, the floral scent resembles the mating pheromones of the female wasps, and males become highly excited and try to copulate with the flowers, pollinating them in the process.
It can be found in Rhodes in some specific areas.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Feb 2013 - 1:35 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.4
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:OPHRYS SPECULUM / Mirror Orchid
Username:GeorgePlatis GeorgePlatis
Uploaded:2 Mar 2013 - 3:34 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 3:44 PM

A fascinating orchid, George, and a most informative write-up, many thanks for this. Carol

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Ted447
Ted447 e2 Member 157 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 3:49 PM

A really delightful picture. TedGrinGrin

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capto
capto e2 Member 21173 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 4:27 PM

What a wonderful flower and good info.Smile

ivor

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
2 Mar 2013 - 4:46 PM

What stunning colours in this amazing flower George !! An excellent photo !

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 5:14 PM

Beautiful flower very well presented.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 6:50 PM

great comp george wonderful detail and colour a beauty nice one Wink
andy

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
2 Mar 2013 - 7:54 PM

Beautiful flower and beautifully presented.........Grin

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
2 Mar 2013 - 8:05 PM

a wonderful flower

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 8:30 PM

Interesting info, great shot,

Ali

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2013 - 9:35 PM

An amazing capture of such an interesting flower
Ju

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milky
milky e2 Member 11milky vcard Wales
3 Mar 2013 - 7:46 AM

A Stunning image George beautiful detail and Colours------MilkyWink

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amarmishra1910
24 Mar 2013 - 1:49 AM

Fantastic image......

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