|The Grass-Pink Orchid, Calopogon tuberosus|
Earlier I said the Grass-pinks were stealing the show. That is because they add a dash of brilliant color across the otherwise green bog. Also, the purple pitcher plant's flowers have lost their petals and their charm.Purple Pitcher Plant in the background. I wanted to focus on the new "bog star" in that photo.
The Grass-pink's flower looks upside down. This upside down position is part of the bee-flopping design.Bumblebees are attracted to the fringes (fake pollen), expecting some pollen.
Here is a demonstration.
and ends up on its back, sandwiched between the fringes and the column of the lower part of the flower.
The bee leaves this predicament with no reward and hopefully goes to another Grass-pink where the process is repeated. Meanwhile, the orchid is cross-pollinated ... the purpose of this orchid's bee-flopping pollination mechanism.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a different species of orchid to find every day? Pity the bees if there were.
A bog beauty waiting to bop a bee.