Many (maybe all?) Lepanthes orchid species have evolved to mimic a female fungus gnat, as I explained in a recent post. A male of the appropriate fly species tries to mate with the flower, pollinating it in the process (“pseudocopulation”). Today I just want to share another example of this group. This species is Lepanthes athenae, which my companions and I saw and photographed on our recent trip to the Dracula Reserve.