Japanese bees, giant hornets and orchids


This 7 June 2020 BBC video says about itself:

These Japanese bees‘ primary senses are taste and smell. When confronted with an orchid that mimics the scent of a giant hornet, the bees display their deadliest defense mechanism – a swarm.

Giant orchid, new species in the Netherlands


This 2018 video from Cyprus about Himantoglossum robertianum, giant orchids, says about itself:

Plant is found growing on grassy hillsides and woodland areas of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Balearic Islands, France, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, Yugoslavia, the Aegean Islands, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey at elevations of 0 to 1100 meters.

And this spring, this biggest orchid species in Europe, for the first time in the Netherlands.

Translated from Nature Today in the Netherlands:

Six beautiful specimens of the giant orchid were discovered on March 11 in the coastal sand dunes near Noordwijk. It is a new species, never seen before in the Netherlands. It is a great surprise to the experts that the giant orchid has reached the Netherlands.

Esmee Winkel, botanical artist and one of the illustrators of the new Heukels’ Flora of the Netherlands, immortalized the first specimen found in the Netherlands on a watercolour (see image). The giant orchid is shown in full size and in detail.

Esmee Winkel draws the giant orchid, photo by Casper Zuyderduyn

Orchids in Keukenhof flower park, video


This 30 April 2020 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Because you cannot visit Keukenhof right now, we decided to bring Keukenhof to you!

In this video, Cor Middelkoop tells you everything there is to know about the orchids in the Beatrix pavilion. Did you know there are 3800 different orchids in this show?

Rare ghost orchids and their pollinators, video


This 6 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Rare Ghost Orchid Has Multiple Pollinators | Short Film Showcase

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.

Rare lizard orchid re-discovered in the Netherlands


This video is called Wild Orchids – Himantoglossum hircinum (lizard orchid).

Game warden Mark Kras of the coastal sand dunes national park in South Holland province reports today that a rare orchid species has been rediscovered there.

It is the lizard orchid. In 1890, this species disappeared from the area. In 1980, it appeared again. Then, no lizard orchids until 2008. Then, gone again. And now, in 2019, it was found not so far from Katwijk town.

Twelve orchid species grow in this national park. The symbol flower of the park is the pyramid orchid.

Tilos orchids, birds and sea


This video is about Tilos island, Dodecanese, Greece.

After 19 April 2019, we woke up the next day, 20 April, in Megalo Chorio, Tilos island.

In the morning, a singing nightingale.

We climbed the steep village alleys up to a Greek Orthodox church.

Heart, 20 April 2019

One of the houses has a heart shape in its front gate.

A Sardinian warbler singing.

A dark phase Eleonora´s falcon flying past.

We take the bus to Agios Antonios harbour hamlet. Inhabited in the summer season. Now still deserted.

Waves, 20 April 2019

It is windy, causing waves to break on the rocky coast.

Pier, 20 April 2019

On the pier, this old boat and this crooked lamppost.

Agios Antonios, 20 April 2019

The deserted Agios Antonios hamlet is quiet, but the sea and the wind are not.

We walk along the mountain path from Agios Antonios back to Megalo Chorio.

Holy orchid, 20 April 2019

Along the path, beautiful flowers. They are holy orchids. Most not yet flowering. But the one on this photo is.

Common poppies. Barley.

Pyramidal orchids, 20 April 2019

Then, another orchid species. Pyramidal orchids.

A house martin flies past. Then, barn swallows.

Then, a much bigger bird. A long-legged buzzard.

This 15 June 2017 video is called Long-legged buzzard in flight (Buteo rufinus) Αετογερακίνα – Cyprus.

Flowers, 20 April 2019

More beautiful flowers yet before we reached Megalo Chorio.

Wildlife crime against orchids


This December 2018 Dutch video with English subtitles says about itself:

Wildlife crime fighter Sarina Veldman studies cake made from threatened orchids! Wait what? Yes, at Naturalis Science we study cake. Learn more in the first episode of our series regarding wildlife crime.

Ant pollinates orchid, video


This 14 March 2017 video says about itself:

Ant pollination of orchids is very rare. Until now only one case was known. In the Dolomites (Italy) we observed how the frog orchid (Dactylorhiza viridis) was pollinated by the ant Formica exsecta.