Ophrys insectifera (NL: Vliegenorchis / EN: Fly Orchid / FR: Ophrys mouche / DE: Fliegen-Ragwurz) is a species of orchid and the type species of the genus Ophrys. It is a widespread orchid and notable for the fact that it's the most northerly of the European Ophrys. It is essentially a mid European orchid although it occurs rarely in Scandinavia to the north, Greece to the south and Russia in the east. The species favors sites with alkaline soil. Ophrys insectifera shows the most wonderfull example of insect-mimicry among Belgian orchids, but rather than flies it has evolved to lure male digger wasps to act as inadverted pollinators as they attempt to mate with its flowers. For human observers the small flowers are often hard to spot but once seen have a magnetic attraction, drawing the eye back again and again. The specimen in this image probably belongs to the variety "luteomarginata" which although basically similar to the type species, possesses a yellow margin to the lower lip.
Image: Charency-Vezin (FR) – 12/05/2012
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