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Letter to Editors
The Ophrys orchids have evolved an unusual means of pollination. They produce pheromones rather than nectar and mimic the appearance, texture and smell of the females of particular species of bees and wasps. The males are attracted and, while attempting copulation, pick up the pollen sacs and later transfer them to other flowers. Disappointingly, the bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) usually pollinates itself without the assistance of frustrated bees. The commonest Ophrys orchid in Britain, it is widespread but unpredictable in its occurrence. This one was photographed on the approach to the Severn Road Bridge in South Gloucestershire.
Photo Courtesy of Gareth Williams
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