Greetings fellow Foxies,
I have just found a Dragon Orchid (Caladenia barbarossa)in Foxes Lair and must share its dreadful secret with you.
In the image (left) can you see that the labellum (middle bit) looks like an insect on steroids?
To some poor male wasp it looks like Miss Universe of its species, leading to a predictable attempt to mate.
Alas the poor fellow just bumps against the flower’s sexual bits, satisfying the flower’s need but leaving him unsatisfied. To make matters worse the orchid may also emit female wasp pheromones.
We human males can only sympathise with such unfairness.
Dragon orchids are fairly common in sheoak woodland in early October. A good spot is the small sheoak patch at the Claypit
Doug Sawkins is a friend of Foxes Lair who once worked for the WA Department of Agriculture