Rare orchid with bee
- Dear Colleagues:whorled pogonia (*Isotria verticilla) *taken at a Missouri site a few days
Once again I request an identification of a bee on a flower...if possible.
The warm-hot March in the midwest triggered the early flowering of a
number of native species includlng rare orchids. Attached is a photo of aago. This species once had a wide range (from New England to east Texas),victim of habitat destruction. Its sister species, *I medeoloides *is even
and was mentioned in one of Thoreau's journals, but has has grown
increasingly rarer over the past 150 years. It is usually treated as ararer.
I doubt that the bee perched on the lip petal (labellum) is the true
pollinator but you have to start somewhere.Peter