Ophrys insectifera

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 45-60 cm (1.5-2 ft)
Flower Colors: green, brown, patterned
Flower Season: early summer
Life form: tuber

Ophrys insectifera L. is the type species of Ophrys. It is widespread in Europe, focusing on limestone grassland. Everything about this plant is slender and upright, and the green sepals seem to melt into the background, putting the dark lip into focus. Target of their sexual mimicry are certain wasp species, though the chemical aspect of this seems to be far more elaborate than the visual. Photos show plants in habitat on the Swabian Alp.

Ophrys insectifera, Martin BohnetOphrys insectifera, Martin Bohnet

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