October132012
rhamphotheca:

Darwin and Orchids
The bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) does not have nectar, but its labellum, imitating a female bee, attracts male bees who attempt to mate with it, and it gets its pollination. Charles Darwin found that in northern Europe, it is mostly self-fertilising.
(photo: Hans Hillewaert)

rhamphotheca:

Darwin and Orchids

The bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) does not have nectar, but its labellum, imitating a female bee, attracts male bees who attempt to mate with it, and it gets its pollination. Charles Darwin found that in northern Europe, it is mostly self-fertilising.

(photo: Hans Hillewaert)

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