The design on the “guest” on the daisy reminds me of some of those African masks. See the eyes and what could be a nose and mouth? And the orchids! I would never have noticed them. Tiny, discreet beauties.
I think that little bee or fly is about like the rest of us these days: can’t tell if it’s coming or going.
Yes, those orchids can be easily missed. It’s almost as though they were camouflaged. I would bet though that they look very different to their pollinators: I wish I could see through their eyes.
Thought of you and your beautiful wildflower photos often as I walked Sierra meadows and trails. We did see some orchids and many other flowers which we were surprised to see in such numbers since we had such a dry winter. Seeing your photos has encouraged me to take a closer look at those I do see. My little hand lens is going everywhere with me now. Beautiful images and great inspiration. Thanks!
Orchids can be very hard to see. I recently found a downy rattlesnake plantain (Goodyera pubescens) that I must have walked by 20 time last year without seeing. I’m waiting for it to bloom. I think it’s going to look a lot like your Goodyera oblongifolia. I think “scent bottle” is just about the best common name that I’ve heard for a flower.
That’s one classy bug in that last photo! I tried to identify it, but haven’t come up with anything yet. I do know what it’s not, and that’s always a good place to start! (Who knew there were so many black and white bees, wasps and beetles?!)
Love your formally dressed bug picture. I have never seen these orchids around here … but, like you said, they could be buried and hidden in the mountains of other vegetation … the woods are so thick here.
Thanks Bente. I do find the orchids exciting and the plant visitors are always interesting. If that is a baldfaced hornet as I think, it is interesting because although I see many of their nests (and have an old one a foot in diameter hanging as a decoration in my house) I seldom see the hornets themselves.