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Orchids are some of the most diverse and exquisite plants in the world and their flowers boggle the mind – particularly these strange and amusing examples that take on the appearance of certain animals!

1. The tiny Caleana major orchid resembles the cutest little flying duck.

© Dorofofoto
© Dorofofoto

2. The clever Ophrys apifera orchid resembles a female bumble bee visiting a flower – attracting males to mate with it, causing them to get covered in the orchid’s pollen!

© BrendH
© BrendH

3. In similarity to the bee orchid, the Ophrys insectifera appears to look like a fly, although personally I think it looks more like a bear…

© David Evans
© David Evans

4. The Habenaria radiata looks like a beautiful white egret spreading its wings.

© Alpsdake
© Alpsdake

5. The Dracula simia orchid not only closely resembles a monkey’s face, it also has an exquisite orange scent, making it one of the coolest orchids ever.

© Orchi
© Orchi

6. Last but not least, there is even an orchid that looks like us mere mortals. The Orchis simia appears to be a naked man!

© David Evans
© David Evans
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Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists.