Ophrys

Botany

This pendant is based on the unusual shape of the Ophrys Bee Orchid. This wild orchid species has evolved its shape and coloring to mimic a bee pollinating a flower. Although in northern Europe and England the orchid self pollinates and has lost the need to look like a bee, in southern Europe this orchid uses scent and its obvious visual cues to attract bee pollinators. The bees ‘mate’ with the orchid, collecting and depositing pollen along the way.

Available in my Etsy and Shapeways shops. Click on thumbnails for link.

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