Species of the Month - Bee Orchid


Have you seen a Bee Orchid this month?

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Our species of the month for July is the
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)!

When you see it it's pretty obvious how the bee orchid got its name - its flower looks like there is a female bee sat on it! The plant uses this to lure in male bees which then pollinate the flower. To make themselves even more irresistible to their pollinators they give out chemical signals that smell like a female bee!
The bee orchid is very distinctive and now is a great time to go out looking for it. They can pop up on all sorts of grassy places - even on road verges and waste ground, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

Please record sightings (with a photo if possible) of Bee Orchid using our online recording form below:


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