On my second trip on sunday I found the first Ophrys-specimen of my Belgian Orchid season. There are only 3 Species of this genus in Belgium.
Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid / Vliegenorchis) is usually the first to flower. The flowers are very small: total lenght of the lip of the flower is only about 10-12 mm. This species shows the most wonderfull example of insect-mimicry among Belgian orchids, but rather than flies it has evolved to lure male digger wasps to act as inadverted pollinators as they attempt to copulate with its flowers. For human observers the small flowers are often hard to spot but once seen have a magnetic attraction, drawing the eye back again and again.
Image: Rochefort (B) 16/5/2010
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