Lady-slipper orchid pollinated by a bee

Lady-slipper orchid pollinated by a bee

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Caption: Pollination. Bee pollinates a lady-slipper orchid, Cypripedium calceclus. Insects such as the bee are attracted to the slipper-shaped lip of the flower. The twisted shape of the flower forces the insect to follow specific path as it collects a sugary fluid (nectar) produced by the flower. This route means that the bee pushes against the flower's reproductive organs. In this way the flower can deposit pollen on the bee, and collect pollen which has been deposited on the bee by another flower.

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Keywords: bee, bees, botany, cypripedium calceclus, flower, honeybee, lady-slipper, lady-slipper orchid, nature, orchid, plant, plants, pollen, pollinat, pollination, reproduction, reproductive, type

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