Orchid Photos - page 7

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'Ophrys' Orchids (and Cypripedium)

Fly Ochid Fly Orchid The Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) is the best insect mimic amongst British orchids. The small flowers, carried on a tall narrow stem, are often hard to spot initially, against other woodland plants, but are worth close examination. I photographed this plant at Chappett's Copse in Hampshire.


May 2009

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/90s, f/9.5

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Fly Orchid 
Bee Orchid Bee Orchid For such a striking flower, the Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) can be surprisingly difficult to spot in its grassland habitat. The flower is indeed very 'bee-like' and has an exotic appearance. It is widely spread thoughout Southern Britain; I found these plants on the Berkshire Downs.


July 1996

Pentax K1000 with Tamron 90mm macro lens

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Bee Orchid
Wasp Orchid (Trollii) Wasp Orchid Once thought to be a separate species, the Wasp Orchid is now considered to be a variant of the Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera var. Trollii) The long, narrow central lobe of the flower tapers to a point and is marbled yellow and rusty brown. I saw this plant on the Polden Hills in Somerset.


June 2011

Nikon D300s with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/250s, f/11

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Wasp Orchid (Trollii) 
Late Spider Orchid Late Spider Orchid Although similar to the Bee Orchid, the Late Spider Orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) is very much rarer and is restricted to a handful of sites in Kent, where I photographed these plants. The 'tooth' on the lip of the flower is distinctive.

July 2002

Pentax MZ5n with Tamron 90mm macro lens

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Late Spider Orchid
Early Spider Orchid  Early Spider Orchid  The Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) is a small plant, restricted to the South coast of England between Kent and Dorset. It is usually the earliest orchid to flower in the spring. Although 'Nationally Scarce', it can be abundant at favoured locations, such as Durlston Country Park, where I photographed these examples.

April 2017

Olympus E-M1 with 40-150mm lens, 1/1000s @ f/8, ISO640

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Early Spider Orchid 
Lady's Slipper Orchid  Lady's Slipper Orchid This is the only orchid photograph on this website that was not taken in the wild. Having been reduced to a single plant, the British population of Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) is being re-introduced, as a result of research undertaken at Kew. The garden plant in this photo took 10 years to reach maturity from a flask seedling. It is now possible to see this orchid  again at several sites in Northern England.

May 2009

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/60s, f/16

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Lady's Slipper Orchid 
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