Sunday, February 24, 2013


Another lovely orchid on Akrotiri. Ophrys fusca ssp iricolor, non-endemic to Cyprus. Flat shape and graphical dark-blue-purple pattern. Seems a tough one. Found some exposed to rough wind on a barren hilltop, while others where dwelling in shadows or places popular with other species.
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Every Ophrys is supposed to have it's own insect. It's tactic for survival is seducing that insect to pseudocopulation. Not only being insect looking, it releases a female pheromone to get pollinated.

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