Today is the last Monday for spiky squares and after yesterday’s forbidding spikes (but fabulous gallery) I thought I better share some soft spring bristles today!

Mirror Orchid

My hairy mirror orchid is one of the most common orchids to be found here in the Algarve, which means there are also quite a few Dasyscolia ciliata wasps here. The Ophrys speculum is exclusively pollinated by the male Dasyscolia ciliata as the flower looks and smells very similar to the female Dasyscolia ciliata!

By the way there is still time to join us if you have the spring prickles too. Simply let your imagination go spiky, but don’t forget to stay square and to share before the 31st!

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    1. Amazingly they grow in abandoned places as well as the pretty bits . . an extraordinarily robust orchid despite its looks. I will be out photographing a few more hopefully in the next day or so and sharing on my Portuguese blog.


    1. Really don’t believe you have bristly hair! So glad you like the shot though, was a bit of a scramble getting down low enough to take it!!


    1. oh thank you so much . . . . if you ever make it to Portugal in the spring you will have to get either Jo or myself to take you on an orchid hunt. It is so lovely to see them in the wild here.


    1. It is indeed one of this years :-), not done our proper orchid hunt yet but we are seeing them everywhere so looks like won’t need to hunt too much 😀

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