Melliferous Orchid buzz as they experience a revival in the north of England due to climate change
- Orchids have been spotted in a wider variety of sites than usual, according to a study
- The plant grows up to 12 inches tall and has a distinctive 'female bee' pattern
- Orchids are found throughout the country, but are traditionally rarer in the north.
Scientists say bee orchids are experiencing renewed interest in northern England
Scientists say that bee orchids are experiencing a renaissance in the north of England due to climate change.
A study done by York University's Department of Biology found that the orchid – which can be up to 12 inches tall and whose distinctive pattern resembles that of a female bee – has been spotted in a more wide variety of sites than usual.
The plant, which likes warm conditions, is found throughout the country but is traditionally more rare in the north.
Dr. Andrew Suggitt, lead author of the study published in Current Biology, said the findings suggest that climate change "results in an increase in local species richness of 5% per decade".
The plant, which likes warm conditions, is found throughout the country but is traditionally more rare in the north. A stock image is used above [File photo]