Ophrys Apifera by 30pics4jackiesdiamond

Ophrys Apifera

The bees that should pollinate this chalkland orchid don't live in the UK, so it survives by self pollination. Such a privilige to have found a flowering spike on my walk today!
There is something remiscent of a bee shape in this flowering orchid.
June 10th, 2018  
What a wonderful find. I real gem!!! Thanks for sharing.
June 10th, 2018  
It's very pretty and so unique. Nice shot!
June 10th, 2018  
A fabulous shot of this beautiful orchid.
June 10th, 2018  
These are so unusual. I can almost see faces in each flower!
June 10th, 2018  
Wonderful find and capture. Fav
June 11th, 2018  
Gorgeous orchid!
June 11th, 2018  
I love these bee orchids. I haven’t seen any this year yet - I keep looking. In fact I haven’t spotted any wild orchids yet. Love the detail in your image! Fav!
June 11th, 2018  
What an incredible orchid! Such intricate shapes - such a lucky find. Lovely image.
June 11th, 2018  
I have never seen this variety before...fav!
June 11th, 2018  
This is beautiful Jackie, fab focus and dof :)
June 11th, 2018  
@merrelyn my little point and click done good - thank you
@gardenfolk I've only ever seen it once before - here's some more info for you CC https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/wildflowers/bee-orchid
@robz I was lucky enough to find two!!!
@pamknowler thank you so much. I knew they were supposed to be there and was so pleased to find them!
@homeschoolmom Lisa, they are so tine too!
@wendyfrost many thanks Wendy,
@megpicatilly They really do look like bees climbing into flowers
@ludwigsdiana it's no more than 6" tall too and hidden in the grass
@olivetreeann thank you Ann, a fortunate find, worth getting mucky jeans for to get the shot
@mona65 my pleasure Mona!!
@quietpurplehaze isn't Mother Nature clever!!

I'm so glad I chose to upload this shot rather than one of the many others I took of flowers on my walk! Thank you all for your lovely comments
June 11th, 2018  
@merrelyn @gardenfolk @robz @pamknowler @homeschoolmom @wendyfrost @megpicatilly @ludwigsdiana @olivetreeann @mona65 @quietpurplehaze

I drove past where I saw these orchids today. Despite a polite sign asking for the verge not to be mown, it is now flat, as the person doing the mowing disregarded the little, hand written sign.
June 12th, 2018  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond That is so sad!
June 13th, 2018  
It is stunning! And, it was mowed down? Oh noooooooo!
June 17th, 2018  
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