Fly orchid flowers

Fly orchid flowers

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Caption: Fly orchid flowers (Ophrys insectifera). This orchid is named for the distinctively shaped and marked parts that resemble insects such as flies. This part of each flower is a specialised petal, called a lip, that attracts pollinators. This orchid is found in most of Europe. It is a terrestrial orchid (one that grows in the ground). There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, couple, duo, european, flower, flowering, flowers, fly orchid, mimesis, mimic, nature, ophrys insectifera, orchid, pair, plant, reproduction, reproductive, temperate, terrestrial, two

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