|Round headed Ranpion, Phytenma , with a male thick legged flower beetle, Oedemera hobilis. Though very beautiful, this is not an orchid.|
|A hummingbird hawk moth, Marroglossum stellatarum, enjoying the fragrant orchid, Cymnadema canopsea,. Can you see his tongue?|
|The blooms are so delicate.|
|Starting to open.|
|Opened to the top.|
The last place we stopped to look for orchids was a wonderful surprise. There were two species blooming and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth enjoying one of them. This was not our first encounter with a Hummingbird Hawk Moth; we had met them in the Lot many years ago with our son, John. At first they fooled us into thinking they were birds, until one landed on John's hand! They are adept at pollinating orchids.
|Spiders like orchids, too.|
|A beautiful cluster of red helleborine orchids, Cephalanthera rubin.|
We ended our afternoon on Susan's shady patio sharing a drink with her and Simon. A very enjoyable afternoon in sunny Touraine.
|Dragon Fly sitting for a portrait.|
|Susan in her element.|