Close-up of a Bee Orchid flower (Ophrys apifera) taken on a warm, sunny day at Belhus Park, Essex, last Spring.
The Bee Orchid appears to have a bumble bee resting at the centre of its flowers. In fact the imitation bee is one of the petals, and occasionally it will fool a male bee into trying to mate with it. When it lands on the flower it gets dusted with pollen, which the bee then transfers to the next orchid it visits.
Many thanks for your support of my last upload - much appreciated, as always
Close-up and macro
Flower and plants
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