If this is a sign of seed development, I’m still wondering where they pollen came from. Since I’ve never seen the plant even look like it was producing seeds, I figured that it was not self fertile and needed pollen from another plant. It’s certainly exciting to imagine little seeds forming within that pod. Maybe the whole hillside will be blooming with Yellow Lady’s Slippers in a few years.
I found several young assassin bugs patrolling the plant. They apparently had recently shed their exoskeletons. That’s an old skin hanging below the dried flower. Maybe they will protect the pod from hungry small scale herbivores.
Several more of the little guys were patrolling the leaves. More than enough to keep the orchid free of marauders. Of course, the thought flashed through my mind that I hoped there were enough insects on the orchid to feed all of those assassin bugs. I’ll keep checking the plant to see how it develops. I’m going to be really disappointed if I go out one day and find nothing left but a stem. It’s happened before.