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Close-up of a Bee Orchid flower (Ophrys apifera) taken on a warm, sunny day at Belhus Park, Essex, last Spring.

The Bee Orchid appears to have a bumble bee resting at the centre of its flowers. In fact the imitation bee is one of the petals, and occasionally it will fool a male bee into trying to mate with it. When it lands on the flower it gets dusted with pollen, which the bee then transfers to the next orchid it visits.

Many thanks for your support of my last upload - much appreciated, as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jun 2013 - 1:50 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:30 Dec 2013 - 5:03 PM
Tags:Bee, Bee orchid, Belhus Park, Close-up / macro, Essex, Flower & plants, Ophrys apifera, Orchid, Spring, Wild
Votes:27

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2013 - 5:11 PM

A beautiful Orchid image,

Ali

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
30 Dec 2013 - 5:14 PM

Beautifully captured

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 - 5:22 PM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2013 - 5:28 PM

Quite delightful Sylvia. I'm wondering about buying the lens you have used - any thoughts?

Regards, Mike

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2013 - 5:34 PM

A quite fabulous close up of this beautiful and rare flower Sylvia, a real joy to view on a dark winter night. As for the lens I'd highly recommend you buy one if you can afford it, you may be lucky and be able to get one second hand, Ed

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95919 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2013 - 5:37 PM

A fine upload of one of our precious flowersSmile

Love the DOF Sylvia

Happy New Year

Adrian

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Holmewood
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30 Dec 2013 - 8:53 PM

Lovely shot. Cathy

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
30 Dec 2013 - 9:16 PM

So lovely. Good to see a Spring flower ....there is hope! Ann.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2013 - 8:59 AM

Superbly presented image of this fabulous flower Sylvia.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2013 - 10:24 PM

Another super image from the day Sylvia - your efforts on the day have paid off handsomely Grin

Mike

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SteveMackay
2 Jan 2014 - 10:59 PM

I'm sure I saw a similar shot like this on Flickr?Wink, great shot Sylvia!, it always makes me happy to see shots of the Orchid flowering time of year.....because right now is a bit dismal to say the least!Smile

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2014 - 12:04 AM


Quote: I'm sure I saw a similar shot like this on Flickr?Wink

Many thanks for pointing it out, Steve Smile Some thieving lowlife decided to nick it, along with my Fly Orchid Sad I suppose, in a twisted way, it could be considered a form of flattery GrinGrinGrin

Sylvia

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