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Mirror Orchid

Ophrys speculum

Description:

Small Orchid, with the flower being about 16mm long and the stalk about 7cm high. This species is pollinated exclusively by the wasp Dasyscolia ciliata. The flower's appearance resembles the female wasp, with its hairs and shiny patch which reflects light, just like the wings of a wasp would.In addition, this orchid mimics the pheromones emitted by females wasps, causing males to try to copulate with it, pollinating in the process.

Habitat:

Among grasses in meadow-like habitat.

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2 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Indeed! Thanks, Zlatan.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Beauty, real beauty!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Mar 8, 2007
Submitted on Jan 12, 2019

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