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The Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) is rare in the UK and Ireland and is restricted to a few places in the southern parts of both countries. It is also found in many European countries.
This orchid is a wonderful example of how orchid flowers imitate insects in order to ensure pollination. This one fools flies into thinking that they are the female of the fly species.
Taken in Kent last June on a great day out in the company of Mike(Greyheron) and Steve(SteveMackay)

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload with a special thank you to Pete for the HC - made my day, Pete SmileSmileSmile Great way to end 2013 Wink

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2013 - 11:45 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:29 Dec 2013 - 7:18 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Fly, Fly orchid, Imitate, Kent, Ophrys insectifera, Orchid, Plants/flowers, Wild
Votes:28

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 7:54 PM

A beautiful bloom so well captured
Ju

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
29 Dec 2013 - 8:16 PM

Lovely shot. What a clever plant. Cathy

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 8:25 PM

Superb Sylvia - I can see how the flies are fooled - never ever seen this Orchid.
Brian.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 9:29 PM

What an amazing orchid, how clever nature is...well captured

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 11:30 PM

That crop shows the stalk off to perfection Sylvia - and to think it won't be long before we're out there again in the warmth and sunshine Smile

Mike

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 11:52 PM

What an unusual and rare flower Sylvia, I've never seen or heard of this variety of orchid before. I've seen the wasp and bee before which are rare.

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AlexAppleby
30 Dec 2013 - 9:30 AM

Wow - really does look like there are flies crawling all over it! Beautiful shot.

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viscostatic
30 Dec 2013 - 9:33 AM

A beautiful and interesting image Sylvia.

Phil.

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TonyDy
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30 Dec 2013 - 11:54 AM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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SteveMackay
30 Dec 2013 - 7:18 PM

Wonderful shot, Sylvia!Smile.Amazing plants!, can't wait to get out there again!!!Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2014 - 10:50 PM

it is a beauty.. I just wondered how tall they are, ours seem to be smaller Smile

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