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Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera)

By teocali
The Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) is rare in the UK and Ireland and is restricted to a few places in the southern parts of both countries. It is also found in many European countries.
This orchid is a wonderful example of how orchid flowers imitate insects in order to ensure pollination. This one fools flies into thinking that they are the female of the fly species.
Taken in Kent last June on a great day out in the company of Mike(Greyheron) and Steve(SteveMackay)

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload with a special thank you to Pete for the HC - made my day, Pete SmileSmileSmile Great way to end 2013 Wink

Tags: Kent Fly Wild Orchid Fly orchid Close-up and macro Plantsandflowers Ophrys insectifera Imitate

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Comments


JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2013 7:54PM
A beautiful bloom so well captured
Ju

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29 Dec 2013 8:16PM
Lovely shot. What a clever plant. Cathy
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
29 Dec 2013 8:25PM
Superb Sylvia - I can see how the flies are fooled - never ever seen this Orchid.
Brian.
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
29 Dec 2013 9:29PM
What an amazing orchid, how clever nature is...well captured
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
29 Dec 2013 11:30PM
That crop shows the stalk off to perfection Sylvia - and to think it won't be long before we're out there again in the warmth and sunshine Smile

Mike
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
29 Dec 2013 11:52PM
What an unusual and rare flower Sylvia, I've never seen or heard of this variety of orchid before. I've seen the wasp and bee before which are rare.
30 Dec 2013 9:30AM
Wow - really does look like there are flies crawling all over it! Beautiful shot.
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 9:33AM
A beautiful and interesting image Sylvia.

Phil.
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2013 11:54AM
Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony
30 Dec 2013 7:18PM
Wonderful shot, Sylvia!Smile.Amazing plants!, can't wait to get out there again!!!Smile
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Feb 2014 10:50PM
it is a beauty.. I just wondered how tall they are, ours seem to be smaller Smile

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