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Ophrys fuciflora

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

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.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress-Blog on European Orchids

Image: Ralingen (De) - 07/05/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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25 Jun 2011 2:47pm

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Somptueuse !!!!

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mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Splendide photo ... beaucoup de netteté et des couleurs magnifiques .... félicitations 5*

25 Jun 2011 9:37pm

Maggy from Liège, Belgium

Cette macro nous fait entrer dans l'intimité de la fleur, c'est beau
Bon dimanche

26 Jun 2011 9:56am

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm