The Caladenia flava (found in Western Australia) is visited by native bees as well as other pollination vectors.

The palisade of calli on labellum may be used to keep out smaller insects but the larger types can surmount this obstacle.

The intent of the insect is to sip from the bottom of the tube formed by the basal portion of the fixed labellum. 

The intent of the orchid is for the pollinator to leave with the pollen packets firmly attached to its back.

In the photo (left) at least the orchid was successful.


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