bee orchids are – in my opinion – one of the truly curious outcomes of (co-)evolution. as noted before, the orchid species in the genus ophrys immitate female bees with their flowers and scent, attracting males that will try to mate with the flowers and unwillingly pollinate them. most of the species are optimized to just one (or few) bee species.
they do resemble bees when out of focus, don’t they?
ophrys bertolonii ssp. saratoi:
orchid encore: orchis tridentata
more living pictures from ardèche: weekend in ardeche, france