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Fly on White

By Terry L    
Fly Orchid Ophrys insectifera

Taken in the great company of Mike on the Kent Downs.

The shape of the flower of the Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) has evolved to attract winged insects; specifically male digger wasps. Perhaps if the pollinator was known before the plant had been named it would more awkwardly be called the Digger Wasp Orchid.
Fly Orchids range from Kent to Cumbria in their distribution, but within that range they are restricted to specific areas such as the North and South Downs in Kent. They grow in open grass, well lit woodland edges and scrub. The common factor is the alkaline pH that they favour.

Tags: Kent Fly Orchid Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Downs Wildlife and nature

Voters: NDODS, Greyheron, NaturesHaven and 15 more


24 May 2015 4:54PM
Lovely specimen. Well captured Terry
Greyheron 18 282 7 England
24 May 2015 5:14PM
It was very special finding this little patch of Fly Orchids, Terry - you must be pleased you took the time to get the flash equipment out and set the kit up, it was touch and go for a while..!!! Wink

Nicely done indeed...

TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2015 10:27PM
Fine shot, Terry.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
25 May 2015 10:51AM
superb macro work. good colours and detail.
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
25 May 2015 8:01PM
All the hard work paid off TerrySmile


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