Name: Bee Orchid
Scientific name: Ophyris apifera
Nature Stars: 60
About: The plant gets its name from its main pollinator - the bee - which is thought to have driven the evolution of bee-ish flowers by attempting to mate with them and thus transfering the pollen of the most 'attractive' plants.
How to identify: This dainty orchid has spotty flowers that are furry to the touch.
Where: Found throughout the UK.
Fantastic fact: The bee orchid is the county flower of Bedfordshire.
Photograph credit: Neil Aldridge