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'Ophrys' Orchids (and Cypripedium)
|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.
Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/90s, f/9.5
|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.
Pentax K1000 with Tamron 90mm macro lens
|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.
Nikon D300s with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/250s, f/11
|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.
Pentax MZ5n with Tamron 90mm macro lens
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
Olympus E-M1 with 40-150mm lens, 1/1000s @ f/8, ISO640
|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.
Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/60s, f/16
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