Missing bee orchids

wolram

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I have been down to craggy bottom for a walk, on the way back i went via
dingle dell and up to s spinny ,to look at the bee orchids, but horror of
horrors, they have all gone, and all around where they grew is a circle
trodden into the under growth, i thought this very strange, what can be going
on?
 

Evo

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wolram said:
I have been down to craggy bottom for a walk, on the way back i went via
dingle dell and up to s spinny ,to look at the bee orchids, but horror of
horrors, they have all gone, and all around where they grew is a circle
trodden into the under growth, i thought this very strange, what can be going
on?
What are bee orchids?
 

Astronuc

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wolram - are you referring to this plant - http://www.uksafari.com/beeorchids.htm

Vandalism perhaps? :frown: :mad:

Protecting our bee orchids in Haverhill June 17, 2005 - seems they are quite scarce (rare?).

The bee orchid is a native plant to the British Isles. They are locally common on calcareous grassland, quarries and banks throughout Lincolnshire. Although the species is perhaps not as rare as people may think, the destruction of grassland habitat through development and agricultural intensification can quickly restrict and isolate colonies of bee orchids.

Bee orchids get their name from the shape of the flower which mimics a female bee. The male bee is tricked into landing on the flower and attempting to mate with it. When the bee moves on to another plant, the pollen it has picked up from the first is transferred to the next. Bee orchids can also self-pollinate which has led to many weird forms including some with a distinct lack of colour.
from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
 
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wolram

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Thats the one Astro

wolram - are you referring to this plant .
 

Moonbear

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Oooh, that's pretty! And so devious...the poor male bees! :eek: :rofl:

Sorry yours have been stolen or trampled. :frown:
 

JamesU

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sorry to hear that.. :frown:

as a side note, when I was typing this post, my TV shut itself off
 

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