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Ophrys tenthredinifera

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 April 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Ophrys tenthredinifera (NL: Wolzwever ophrys / EN: Ophrys tenthredinifera / DE: Wespen-Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys guêpe, Ophrys tenthrède, Ophrys à grandes fleures) is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. It is a gem among the bee orchids. Its flowers are large and gaily coloured, dominated by shades of rose, yellow and dark brown, and many people consider this species the prettiest member of the genus. It is easy to identify and can hardly be mistaken for other species. The appearance of the flowers varies a great deal. This has led to the description of a number of subspecies and varieties, and recently even to splitting at the species level. In Sicily the species has unusually large and colourfull flowers, referred to as Ophrys grandiflora.

Image: Monte Iblei (IT-SI) - 02/04/2012

More images and info on this species (and on European terrestrial orchids) can be found on my Wordpress-Blog about European Orchids.

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/9.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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LauraS from Chico, United States

Very beautiful.

22 Apr 2012 5:39am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi, Johan !

22 Apr 2012 7:12am

christine from oelegem, Belgium

Een juweeltje is het, uitstekend en verleidelijk in beeld gebracht. De scherpstelling op de onderlip is super.

22 Apr 2012 12:12pm

marc from Granby, Canada

Nice composition with some gorgeous color, nicely done.

22 Apr 2012 1:51pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

well done
nice shot indeed

22 Apr 2012 8:35pm

mary from zanjan, Iran

so lovely color
nice shot

23 Apr 2012 7:08pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm