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Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid
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Copyright: norman wright (normanw) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 101] (612)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-16 14:32
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) although the flower doesn't look like any bee I have seen.

Sometimes pollenated by a bee trying to mate with the flower, this orchid is mainly self pollenating, at least in the U.K. where I took this.

Seen near a lake/river although in fairly dry soil at the edge of a wooded area.

More information can be found on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_Orchid

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Very nice capture Norman.

Hi Norman,
that's wonderful, realy looks like a smiling bee, beautiful.
Very well done with perfect sharpness and colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-16 15:28]

Hello Norman,

Wow! What a flower! It is obvious why they call it Bee Orchid! We can see the opened mouth, the 2 eyes, the abdomen and the antennas! Do you think that help to attract bees with that masquerade? Pov and composition cannot be better! TFS,


fantastic - also means that I know they are flowering fo rmy visit next weekend.

great composition and sharpness, the detail is excellent.



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