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Ophrys araneola

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress Blog about European Orchids (text mostly in Dutch)

Image: Günserode (DE) - 19/04/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

great picture !!

2 Jun 2011 8:19am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Dat is heel mooi ! Goede belichting met een mooie zachte achtergrond. Goed gedaan !

2 Jun 2011 8:54am

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Fantastic! I really love this flowers but I've never seen it in the wild
Beautiful capture!

2 Jun 2011 6:47pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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