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By Terry L    
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.

Tags: Bee Orchid Essex Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Belhus CP

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TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 10:00PM
Another great shot, Terry.

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 1:22AM
Great technique - impressive image.
Thanks for sharing both.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
19 Jun 2014 7:12AM
A beautifully detailed Bee, Terry.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
19 Jun 2014 12:26PM
A stunning illustration of this sweet little orchid.
capto Plus
6 5.1k 8 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 3:22PM
Beautifully worked.Smile

19 Jun 2014 5:22PM
Great Image and info as always on this excellent series Terry.

DonMc 9 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2014 8:30PM
This is a first class presentation of a great image Terry!Smile

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