I’m wandering around a meadow in Rome looking for a fresh Long-Lipped Tongue Orchid, Serapias vomeracea. I’m surrounded by hundreds of them but they’re all ‘over’ and have started to wither after flowering. They have beautiful, large flower spikes with pointed bracts from which hairy flowers with long tongues emerge. I’ve been here a few times now and scoured the area but there’s nothing worth photographing.
Then we finally see a fresh one:
It has a passenger. There’s a Great Green Bush Cricket, Tettigonia viridissima, clinging on to it.
They make a lovely couple.