WASP ORCHID

Ophrys apifera var. trollii

Orchid Family [Orchidaceae]

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June, Near Gourdon, Lot region of France Photo: © Kelly Finney
About the same height as Bee Orchids of which it is a variety.


June, Near Gourdon, Lot region of France Photo: © Kelly Finney
With a long narrow lip shaped like a wasp with yellow and brown markings. It is bereft of the furry side-lobes of Bee Orchid.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

Although some or all the photographs above were taken in France, this Orchid does grow in the UK too.

Wasp Orchid is one of six variants of Bee Orchid (Orchis apifera) but with 'wasp' type flowers. The 'wasp' type flowers can also occur on the same plant as 'bee' type flowers. The other variants do not have common names.

Somewhat strangely, neither the Botanical Society of British & Ireland (BSBI) nor Clive Stace's 3rd edition of 'A new Flora of the B.I.' list this variation of Bee Orchid and yet it is listed both in 'Wild Flowers of Britain & Ireland' by Fitter, Fitter & Blamey and in David Lang's 'Britain's Orchids'. Perhaps it is now extinct in the UK? However, David Langs book on 'Britain's Orchids' (2004) lists it as found in Somerset, Dorset, Surrey, Suffolk, Warwickshire & Notts.


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(Bee Orchids)

WASP ORCHID

Ophrys apifera var. trollii

Orchid Family [Orchidaceae]