Samstag, 8. Juni 2013

Ophrys sphegodes - Early Spider Orchid - Große Spinnen-Ragwurz

No, it's not just another post about the same native orchid I posted three days ago, this time I wanna present another ophrys species out of the same family - more or less a "cousin" from the orchid I posted recently.

left: ophrys sphegodes  - Early Spider orchid - Große Spinnen-Ragwurz

right: Ophrys fuciflora - Late Spider orchid - Hummel-Ragwurz

The Early Spider orchid is a bit insignificant-looking compared to its more colourful family member Late Spider orchid.

You really have to come close to its little bloosom - otherwise you may not see how beautiful it is.

The flowers have yellow-green sepals and a velvety brown labellum with a distinctive H marking so that the flowers much resemble an arthropod and especially a spider.

Compared to the Late Spider orchid I found much more of this beautiful little flower in our local natural reserve. 

Have you ever tried to search for native orchids in the region you live?
Many of these European orchids exist from Scandinatia to southern Europe, but of course not all the species in every country. 
Good luck in your search for native orchids!


  1. Great macro shots! :)

    We were picking wild flowers yesterday and found cute flowers that I haven't seen before. Now I have tried to find out the name of those tiny flowers. No, they are not orchids and there were MANY of them. :)

  2. Wunderschöne Bilder-muss ein toller Spaziergang gewsen sein!

  3. Wunderschöne Bilder-muss ein toller Spaziergang gewesen sein! Schönen (sonnigen?) Sonntag.

  4. Those are so gorgeous. I haven't seen wild orchids here in my region but I just saw beautiful pictures that my friend took in norther Finland.

  5. Fabulous shots of this interesting orchid!

  6. I’m finally going through Floral Love submissions form last Friday! Thrilled to be here ♥ Thanks for sharing your gorgeous flowers again!
    Marvelous shots! And such educative post :) I didn't even know native orchids exist! :D