common spotted and heath orchids

lesser butterfly orchid

look at the long nectar spur

Seems to be good year for orchids.I came across a beautiful field full of orchids near Bawnboy . I also  discovered  Butterfly orchid on the farm. Why I have not seen these before on the farm  I don’t quite know. They have just appeared , but that makes them all the more magical . I read that they are pollinated by moths. They have very long nectar tubes , only  the proboscis of the moth reaches down. In the
process packets of pollen transfer to the moth to be carried to the next plant.

pollina to attach to the moth


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2 Responses to orchids

  1. Have been noticing all the lovely orchids around Annayalla too 🙂

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