Series: Images of a botanical trip to the Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) in Germany from 15 - 19/04/2011
Ophrys araneola (NL: Vroege spinnenorchis / EN: Small Spider Orchid / DE: Kleine Spinnen-Ragwurz) is in Germany the rarest species in the genus Ophrys within the Orchidaceae. Ophrys araneola has been described in 1831 by REICHENBACH from Wallis in Switzerland. Its distribution in the Mediterranean is only insufficiently known because it has often been confused with similar species. In the north Ophrys araneola reaches Germany and Northern France. In Belgium the species does not occur (yet). Ophrys araneola is one of the first orchids, which are in flower in spring. The species can easily be confused with Ophrys sphegodes but the latter flowers about two weeks later, generally has a bigger (less rounded) lip and smaller lateral sepals. Ophrys araneola is pollinated by bees of the Andrena cf. lathyri group.
Image: Günserode (DE) - 19/04/2011
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