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Bee Orchid, Ophrys Apifera

By TonyDy
These are abundant at the moment in the Ainsdale Dunes. On this one you can see the pollinia - the little yellow sac of pollen in the centre of the flower. A bee will land on the flower thinking it is another bee and looking for love - when it lands, the sac transfers to the bee's head. The bee then realises it is flogging a dead horse and moves to another plant where the sac is deposited thus fertilising the other plant - clever or what?WinkGrin

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Bee orchid Ophrys apifera Wildlife and nature Ainsdale dunes

Voters: PhillipMinnis, cabbie, NaturesHaven and 26 more

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Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
22 Jun 2013 11:59AM
Nice rare....ish find Tony and well shot too...

ali63 9 790 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 12:33PM
Nature is so clever, a lovely image,

Ali Smile
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
22 Jun 2013 12:37PM
Mother Nature has a full bag of tricks....and flowers excel at having their way with the pollinatorsSmile
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
22 Jun 2013 1:16PM
LOL...flogging a dead horse...least romantic take on the moment ever. But well put GrinGrinGrin

Stunning capture, Tony. The crisp focus and that smooth background are simply perfect.

22 Jun 2013 1:19PM
Great Image & narrative Tony
Regards Brian
Ayoob 9 Australia
22 Jun 2013 3:58PM
BEAUTIFUL .......GrinGrinGrin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
22 Jun 2013 4:13PM
A beautiful presentation, Tony, they finished flowering here some weeks ago. Carol
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 4:56PM
Thank you all.
richmowil Plus
12 437 2 England
22 Jun 2013 6:18PM
Great presentation of a sharp and colourful image!! Nice work!!
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 7:30PM
Thanks, Bill.
tonyng 10 11 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 7:53PM
Cracking stuff. Love to come across one of these.
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 10:14PM
Thanks, Tony.
22 Jun 2013 10:29PM
lovely image tony, wish i could take some like this Smile cracking Smile
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 11:52AM
Thank you, Jo.
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 2:35PM
Great shot Tony. TedGrinGrin
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
30 Jun 2013 10:55PM
A fine take of this beautiful and rare flower

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