Lepanthes dewildei is one of about eight hundred species in the Lepanthes, most of which science knows very little about. An article in Biota Colombia lists 270 species of Lepanthes that occur in Colombia. As far as I can tell, Lepanthes dewildei is endemic to the Chocó and Valle del Chauca Departments (Provinces) of Colombia. This species was named in honour of its discoverer, Arend de Wilde.
Lepanthes dewildei (PDF) is a small, twig-epiphyte with very narrowly ovate, purplish leaves. The several-flowered racemes are 3-4mm long, and are composed of translucent-tan sepals and bright orange-crimson petals. Today’s photographer, Sebastian, notes that the petals are longer than the sepals, a very unusual characteristic in Lepanthes. No one knows which insect(s) pollinate Lepanthes dewildei, but if I had to make a guess, I would say that whatever insect is involved, it would look (or smell) similar to the inflorescence shown in today’s image.
Although we know nothing of Lepanthes dewildei‘s pollinator, we do know that at least some members of Lepanthes use “pseudocopulation” as a pollination mechanism. That is, the flowers mimic the appearance or sexual pheromones of a certain insect species. They are then pollinated when males of that species attempt to mate with the flower. For example, the Costa Rican Lepanthes glicensteinii is pollinated by male Bradysia floribunda flies, who must “go all the way” with the inflorescence in the most extreme type of sexual deception, genitalic pseudocopulation. Another of Sebastian Moreno’s photos shows a fly caught in the act of trying to mate with a Lepanthes amplisepala flower. None of the Lepanthes offer a significant pollinator reward, and so it seems likely that pseudocopulation is very common in this genus.