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Fly pollinating Neottia cordata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 November 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Fly pollinating Neotta cordata (Syn: Listera Cordata) (NL: Kleine keverorchis / EN: Lesser Twayblade, Heart-leaved Twayblade / DE: Kleines Zweiblatt, Herz-Zweiblatt /FR: Listère en coeur) is one of the smallest european orchids and can be found in upland bogs and mires, moorland and other mossy places and occasionally in pine forests. The species rarely exceeds 15 cm (usually between 5 and 10 cm) in height. It is never very common but may be frequently overlooked because of its small size and a tendency to grow underneath heather on sphagnum moss. The single erect flower-stem is often tinged red and is clasped near the base by a pair or ovate-orbicular glossy green leaves (two blades - twayblade) . The individual very small flowers (Lip 3.5 - 5 mm long) which look deceptively simple in structure for an orchid, are are a mixture of green, pink and brown (although some are almost yellow) in colour with a somewhat swollen calyx.

Image: Allevard (Fr) - 02/07/2013

Canon EOS 7D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

5***** une photo incroyable de netteté!!! Wouhaaaaaaaaa!!

8 Nov 2013 1:53pm

سيد حسن كاوشي from اروميه, Iran

بسیار زیبا با تمتمی جزئیات روشن و اضح*****5

8 Nov 2013 2:15pm

Marc from Granby, Québec, Canada

Very Nice detail, nicely done.

8 Nov 2013 3:07pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning macro ... the details and sharpness are spectacular !!!

8 Nov 2013 7:43pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Splendid macro !!! Such a perfect execution, with that stunning sharpness and a good composition, isolating the fly snd the plant from the environment. Great !!

9 Nov 2013 12:39am

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

... and congratulations on this well deserved Spotlight !!! Excellent work ...

9 Nov 2013 5:14pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid. Congrats on the Spotlight.

9 Nov 2013 5:22pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

9 Nov 2013 6:09pm

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic


9 Nov 2013 6:15pm

claudie from le havre, France

Un bijou !!!!!!!!!!!

9 Nov 2013 6:29pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Congratulations on this Spotlight!

9 Nov 2013 6:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

9 Nov 2013 7:15pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo . Congratulations on the Spotlight !

9 Nov 2013 8:15pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Congrats on this deserved Spotlight !!!

9 Nov 2013 8:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Congratulations!! well done!

9 Nov 2013 11:07pm

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight.

9 Nov 2013 11:18pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

bravo pour cette macro

10 Nov 2013 8:47am

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Bravo pour ton spotlight bien mérité!

10 Nov 2013 11:59am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Bravo waouh ! Congrats !

10 Nov 2013 12:36pm

Robert from BOUSVAL, Belgium

Une macro exceptionnelle !!

10 Nov 2013 10:54pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

10 Nov 2013 11:17pm

AminAshkan from Tehran, Iran

Congratulations on the spotlight :P

11 Nov 2013 1:20pm

سيد حسن كاوشي from اروميه, Iran


11 Nov 2013 6:20pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm