Despite its appearance, this isn’t an insect. It’s the flower of the bee orchid, which grows in Europe and the Middle East. Its flowers look—and smell—exactly like female bees.
The flower’s disguise helps the plant reproduce. To make new seeds, plants need to share pollen with each other. Many get insects such as bees to help. Most flowers attract insects with bright colors and sweet nectar. But the bee orchid tricks them instead.
Real bees land on the flowers thinking they’ll find a mate. Instead, clumps of pollen stick to their bodies. When they move on to other flowers, the pollen rubs off, and the orchid can reproduce.