13th June 2017

The diminutive and scarce Bee Orchid was present in one of the Quarries in Miller’s Dale, Derbyshire this week. Evolved not only to look like the bee which pollinates it, but to be fluffy and to give off the scent (allemones) of the female bee, the pollinating bee doesn’t live in the Uk so our Bee Orchids are self-pollinating. The Latin name, Ophrys, means Eyebrow in Greek and references what Pliny the Elder describes- women using the Bee Orchid to paint their eyebrows. Conditions: Cloudy and dry. Temperature: Max 19- Min 11 c.

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