Miniature orchid, Lepanthes athenae, a pseudocopulation flower from our Dracula Reserve

Lepanthes athenae. Photo: Lou Jost/EcoMinga.

Lepanthes athenae. Note the insect on the flower. Photo: Lou Jost/EcoMinga.

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.

Lou Jost

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