Bee Orchid

The relatively rare Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera, remains one of Britain's easiest to recognise orchid, mostly because the name aptly describes the curious adaptation the orchid has evolved, to mimic the female bee. The male bee, tries to mate with the flower and in the process collects and spreads the orchid's pollen.

 Bee Orchid

The rarity can occasionally be found in the dune slacks of Oxwich Burrows and Whiteford Burrows and the dry grasslands of Three Cliffs.

Bee Orchid

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