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'Bee' Orchid

Ophrys speculum

Habitat:

First shot is in Maquis, the second over Gypsum

Notes:

Pollinated by the Scolid wasp Dasyscolia ciliata, which has orange/brown furry stripes and wings that flash blue when folded in the sun. Despite seeing hundreds of this amazing Ophys and some very patient waiting, I didn't see a single pollinator.

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5 Comments

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 8 years ago

He abierto la misión "Biodiversidad en España/Spain": http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/9014...
¿Puedes incluir tus spottings? Gracias.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Okay Craig...now I know you're out there if you can identify a Dasyscolia ciliata by it's smell. Definitely into pheremones...watch out ladies!

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 8 years ago

Yes - these are sexy ladies! They even smell similar to a female wasp.

I did a pollination study at one sight, where flowering was well over, and it was well bellow 1%. It would be nice to know if the wasps had a bad yaer or flowering failed to coincide with the inexperienced males who get duped into the dirty deed! This is by far the most common Ophrys we saw in Andalucia though, with O.lutea coming in a close second.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Very cool! In terms of orchid pollination biology: Psuedo-copulation

Excellent!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Timing is everything. Great spot.

craigwilliams
Spotted by
craigwilliams

Níjar, Andalucía, Spain

Spotted on Apr 6, 2011
Submitted on Oct 8, 2011

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