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OPHRYS SPECULUM / Mirror Orchid

By GeorgePlatis
Ophrys speculum is easy to recognise owing to its vivid blue, glossy, enamel-like lip, which is fringed with long, red-brown hairs. It is as if the flower reflects the sky of the Mediterranean, where this striking orchid is found; ‘speculum’ means mirror in Latin.
It is pollinated exclusively by the wasp Dasyscolia ciliata. Males are lured by the flower, which resembles the female wasp. The flower and wasp are both hairy and the blue patch on the lip appears to mimic the reflection of the sky on the wasp’s wings. Moreover, the floral scent resembles the mating pheromones of the female wasps, and males become highly excited and try to copulate with the flowers, pollinating them in the process.
It can be found in Rhodes in some specific areas.

Tags: Flowers and plants

Voters: CarolG, Ted447, Herge88 and 22 more


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CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
2 Mar 2013 3:44PM
A fascinating orchid, George, and a most informative write-up, many thanks for this. Carol

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Ted447 Plus
3 178 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 3:49PM
A really delightful picture. TedGrinGrin
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 4:27PM
What a wonderful flower and good info.Smile

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
2 Mar 2013 4:46PM
What stunning colours in this amazing flower George !! An excellent photo !
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 5:14PM
Beautiful flower very well presented.
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 6:50PM
great comp george wonderful detail and colour a beauty nice one Wink
andy
Ayoob 5 Australia
2 Mar 2013 7:54PM
Beautiful flower and beautifully presented.........Grin
2 Mar 2013 8:05PM
a wonderful flower
ali63 Plus
4 741 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 8:30PM
Interesting info, great shot,

Ali
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2013 9:35PM
An amazing capture of such an interesting flower
Ju
3 Mar 2013 7:46AM
A Stunning image George beautiful detail and Colours------MilkyWink
Fantastic image......

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