Ophrys fuciflora (syn: Ophrys holosericea) (NL: Hommelorchis/ EN: Late Spider-orchid / DE: Hummel-Ragwurz) is rather similar to the Bee orchid (Oprhys apifera) but the latter having longer, narrower petals that are strap-shaped rather than triangular and more often greenish than pink. The pointing tip of the lip in Bee Orchid normally curls back and under out of sight and it therefore lacks the projecting nib which is always there in Ophrys fuciflora. The size and colour of the sepals are variable, however, as is the shape and pattern of markings of the lip, but it has usually furry 'shoulders'. The species is pollinated by insects, and in Europe bees of the genus Eucera are the main pollinators.
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Image: Ralingen (De) - 07/05/2011
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