Late spider orchid flower

Late spider orchid flower

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Credit: VAUGHAN FLEMING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Late spider orchid flower. Macrophotograph of the mimic flower of the late spider orchid (Ophrys holoserica candica, formerly O. fuciflora candica). The flower has evolved to mimic a female insect and attract the male to 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, 000 species worldwide, many of which are grown for ornamental purposes. Photographed in the Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece. Magnification: x1.7 at 35mm size.

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