Chasing Ghosts

16 mins


High in the canopy above the deep swamps of south Florida, the elusive and endangered ghost orchid clings to the trunks of cypress trees. With its delicate, curling tendrils and a nectar tube over a foot long, experts had always assumed the rare giant sphinx moth, with its super-long tongue, was the perfectly adapted insect to pollinate the flower. Over three summers, a team of ecologists and conservation photographers brave the waist-deep, gator-infested water of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to capture the photo that puts a long-held theory of evolution to the test.

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

Eric Bendick
Eric Bendick
Thomas Winston
Steven Bedard

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.
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