Mirror orchid flower

Mirror orchid flower

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Credit: VAUGHAN FLEMING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mirror orchid flower. Close-up of a flower of the mirror orchid (Ophrys speculum). The flower has evolved to mimic a female flying insect and attract the male to land on the flower. In this way the pollen from the male part of the flower is spread between these European orchids, allowing them to reproduce. The orchids (Orchidaceae) are one of the most diverse families of flowering plants. There are over 20, ornamental purposes. Photographed in Andalucia, Spain.

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Keywords: andalucia, angiosperm, angiosperms, biological, biology, botanical, botany, european, flora, flower, insect, mimicry, mirror orchid, nature, ophrys speculum, orchid, orchids, plant, reproduction, reproductive, spain, spanish, wild flower

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