The mirror orchid, scientifically known as Ophrys speculum, is a captivating species of wild orchids found in Malta. This orchid is renowned for its unique and intricate flower structure, which resembles a mirror or a metallic surface. It is a terrestrial orchid that thrives in the Mediterranean climate of Malta.
The mirror orchid is a protected species due to its rarity and vulnerability. It typically blooms around March, and the orchid attracts bees by emitting pheromones that mimic the scent of female bees, tricking the males into attempting to mate with the flower. As the bees land on the flower, they inadvertently transfer pollen from one orchid to another, aiding in cross-pollination.
It is important to note that the mirror orchid is a protected species, and it is illegal to pick or disturb these orchids in their natural habitat. Visitors to Malta are encouraged to admire these beautiful flowers from a distance and respect their conservation status.
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