This is part of an orchid that grows on the second coconut tree down in my garden. It's the sexy bit, the bit that makes insects (mostly bees) come in to pick up pollen.
I've not seen such a greedy image in nature before. It has little beady eyes, and a gaping mouth, and even little hands at each side. And it's got a big wide-open bag to hold all the victims it finds, for future consumption.
It even appears to have arms and hands, to drag its victims into its ever-open pouch.
But don't those insects ever watch movies?
The creature at the heart of this flower is a copy (or perhaps the inspiration?) for the creature that burst into the world in Alien.
H.R.Giger's wonderful inspirations for the original film were great, but the first Alien was aggressive.:
The second film, though, showed a more seductive Alien, and Sigourney Weaver fell for it.