Humming birds pollinating orchids

Thanks for Kirsty’s comment on Maxillaria sophronitis about humming birds. In 2000 on our first visit to Brazil students took this lovely photograph of a humming bird visiting Cattleya wittigiana. Students recorded six species visiting the flowers but only one species of hummingbirds removing pollen.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    What is Kirsty’s comment? It isn’t showing.

    It is a fantastic photo of the hummingbird!

  2. Kirsty says:

    Thank you for the feedback and the photo of the hummingbird in action. What a special moment that must have been and you captured it on camera ! Thank you for posting. Whereabouts in Brazil was this taken please ? Its very interesting to see another species of orchid also that the hummingbird visits. Thank you Kirsty