Fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera)
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|Fly orchids are one of my favourite native orchids - not as showy as many, but never the less beautiful in a subtle way.|
A member of the large Ophrys genus, where the flowers often mimic insects. This species mimics a digger wasp in shape, texture and pheromones which it uses to attract male wasps to pollinate the flowers.
Relatively common in woodland and scrub on chalk soils in southern England, but easily overlooked until you spot your first one.
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Beautiful close up of this interesting species.
Nice colours, composition and details are good.