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Bee Orchid...

By Greyheron
Taken this afternoon while scouting my local nature reserve...very pleasant cool breeze blowing off the lake to take the sting out of the afternoon sun...

I've never seen a white leaved variety of the Bee Orchid before...they are usually pink.

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.

Tags: Bee Orchid Essex Flowers and plants Ophrys apifera Wildlife and nature GX7 Bee Ochid Michael Taylor

Voters: civitas, phillG, RobertTurley and 40 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


10 Jun 2015 9:11PM
Great capture one of my favourite orchid regards Pete
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
10 Jun 2015 9:45PM
Superb capture of this beautiful flower Mike. Great write up and easy to see how it got its name.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
10 Jun 2015 9:48PM
Thanks guys, really appreciate your words Smile

Terry L 17 609 5 England
10 Jun 2015 9:49PM
Very unusual Mike, looking forward to Saturday. Babysitting indeed!!!

Greyheron 18 282 7 England
10 Jun 2015 10:02PM

Looking forward to it myself too, Terry...

TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2015 10:03PM
Lovely shot, Mike.
DonMc 12 4 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2015 10:22PM
Wow Mike your research is nearly as good as your magical photography tonight! Brilliant!Smile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
10 Jun 2015 10:45PM
Beautiful , a most interesting flower!
Richsr 13 91 223 England
10 Jun 2015 11:28PM
A good find and image Mike.
Interesting information too.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
11 Jun 2015 5:50AM
Very beautiful, Mike.
11 Jun 2015 7:12AM
Lovely capture of this unusual flower.
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
11 Jun 2015 7:25PM
A big thank you for all your wonderful words - really appreciated Smile

teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
12 Jun 2015 10:34AM
Exquisite viewing, Mike. Magical diffused bg tones really complementing this exotic Bee Orchid. Very interesting description too,
12 Jun 2015 2:50PM
VERY nicely done.

Greyheron 18 282 7 England
13 Jun 2015 7:18PM
Sylvia and John, my thanks to you both for taking the time to comment Smile

Sylvia, your UA is gratefully received, thank you Smile

14 Jun 2015 8:07PM
Gorgeous beautiful photography..Lin
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
14 Jun 2015 8:16PM
Thank you kindly, Lin ...

avacreates 9 448 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2015 2:34PM
beautiful - thoroughly enjoyed the narrative
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
21 Jun 2015 9:43PM
My thanks for your time and words, Ava Smile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2015 1:47PM
These beauties seem to pose for you! Perfect capture... Grin
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
29 Jun 2015 5:30PM
Thank you for your kind words, Isabel Smile


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