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It’s been a while since I last walked through Red House Farm, last night I walked the dog through the area and was pleased to find it carpeted in wild . One in particular caught my attention.

The OrchidOphrys apifera.

This was the first time I’ve seen this species, making it even more special that I found it on patch! I could only find two plants in the immediate area.

Instantly recognisable the appears to have a resting on its , this is in fact the lip of the flower, adapted with the purpose of attracting a male bee to pollinate the flower. The false bee resembles a female bee, which male bees are attracted to, and in turn try to mate with the false flower, which allows the transference and pollination of the plant. Although it is written that in British Bee the plants usually pollinate themselves.

By Cain Scrimgeour

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Cain

Cain Scrimgeour

Cain Scrimgeour is a 21-year-old wildlife enthusiast, photographer and filmmaker from the North East of . An occasional twitcher, but more a passionate patch birder. You can find him observing, photographing and filming the natural world at the Wildlife Trust’s Holywell Pond Reserve, but also further afield. A large proportion of his time is now spent in Cumbria, where he is studying a BA (Hons) Wildlife and Media. A sequence from his recent filming project for RSPB Loch of Strathbeg was shown on Autumnwatch 2010.

Cain

Cain

Cain Scrimgeour is a 21-year-old wildlife enthusiast, photographer and filmmaker from the North East of England. An occasional twitcher, but more a passionate patch birder. You can find him observing, photographing and filming the natural world at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Holywell Pond Reserve, but also further afield. A large proportion of his time is now spent in Cumbria, where he is studying a BA (Hons) Wildlife and Media. A sequence from his recent filming project for RSPB Loch of Strathbeg was shown on Autumnwatch 2010.

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Carol Duke
Carol Duke

Beautiful and intriguing Cain! 

Cain Scrimgeour

Thanks Carol 🙂

David Sommerville
David Sommerville

These orchids are gorgeous.Where I work ,there are lots of them nearby.Earlier today I caught a woman red handed digging one up and attempting to walk off it -until I stopped her .Having just calmed down from feeling angry about this ,I opened this e-mail…about bee orchids.

Cain Scrimgeour

Beautiful flowers, after reading some literature it became apparent that digging them up might be in some peoples interest. Thank you for your account, such a shame some people can’t enjoy them as they stand !