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I have been tending a patch of waste ground at work (keeping down the weeds so that it doesn't get too mad) and I now have a crop of Bee orchids and northern marsh orchids.













Date: 2016-06-07 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clothsprogs.livejournal.com
They're so pretty!

I'd never heard of bee orchids, let alone seen any, before.

Teddy

Date: 2016-06-07 10:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
They're pollinated by male bees. The flowers are a good mimic of a female bee and they try to have sex with the flower.

Seriously, I kid you not.

Date: 2016-06-07 10:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clothsprogs.livejournal.com
I believe you.

Teddy

Date: 2016-06-07 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] watervole.livejournal.com
Lovely photographs!

I love bee orchids and the other mimics. It's such an improbable method of pollination. Evolution pulls some really strange tricks on occasion.

Date: 2016-06-10 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maeve-the-red.livejournal.com
Logically, this means Monkey Orchids and Lady Orchids should probably have died out...

Date: 2016-06-07 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anef.livejournal.com
Lovely!

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