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Ophrys lunulata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 May 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Ophrys lunulata (NL: Maanophrys / EN: Moon Orchid / DE: Halbmond-Ragwurz / FR: Ophrys à lunules) is an Ophrys endemic to the island of Sicily and the offshore Eolian Islands which was first described from the Palermo region in 1838. It is both distinctive, highly attractive and locally common to the south and west of Mount Etna where as well as the classic calcareous terrain's, it happily grows on stable, colonized lava formations. Its name literally means "with lunula" where lunula presumably refers to the small loosely crescent shaped speculum.

Image: Ferla (IT-SI) – 04/04/2012

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 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Un peu de ressemblance avec l'ophrys abeille.

18 May 2012 8:54am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Schön, daß du uns wieder so fantastische Orchideen zeigst ! Es sind so traumhafte Gebilde - diese Details sind einmalig !!

18 May 2012 6:57pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful shot !!
five stars !

18 May 2012 7:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


18 May 2012 9:42pm

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