The Unique and Intriguing Bee, Fly and Spider Orchids
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The Unique and Intriguing Bee, Fly and Spider Orchids

Some orchid species bear flowers that resemble bees, flies and spiders; hence, they were commonly named Bee Orchids, Fly Orchids or Spider Orchids. Here are some of the prettiest and unusual-looking bee and fly orchids.

Some orchid species bear flowers that resemble bees, flies and spiders; hence, they were commonly named Bee Orchids, Fly Orchids or Spider Orchids. Here are some of the prettiest and unusual-looking bee and fly orchids.

They are referred to as the “Bee, Spider or Fly Orchids” due to the flowers of some species resemblance to the furry bodies of bees and other insects. These orchids can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa. Most Ophrys orchids are dependent on symbiotic fungi.

1.) Ophrys umbilicata

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Ophrys umbilicata is a unique species of bee orchid found from the eastern Mediterranean to Iran. The flower of this orchid is characterized by its unique markings, colorful and furry appearance.

2.) Mirror Bee Orchid

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The Mirror Bee Orchid is a unique species of bee orchid that looks like a bee, hence the common name. The above photo of an Ophrys speculum flower with furry appearance was photographed near Son Serra, Mallorca in Spain.

3.) Ophrys reinholdii

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The Ophrys reinholdii is a beautiful species of orchid that can be found in the Balkan Peninsula to northwestern part of Iran.

4.) Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)

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The Bumblebee Orchid is a lovely-looking orchid with flowers that look and smell so much like female Bumblebees. Male Bumblebees are irresistibly drawn in by this chemical signal, stimulating them sexually. Stimulated and excited, male Bumblebee starts copulating with the flower. This unusual sexual act is called “pseudocopulation”. This intriguing orchid is also commonly called Bumblebee Flower Eyebrow.

5.) Ophrys tenthredinifera

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Most species of Ophrys orchids can be found in the Mediterranean region and adjacent areas. The Ophrys tenthredinifera is a unique species of orchid that is endemic to the Mediterranean.

6.) Ophrys lunulata

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This orchid is more attractive compared to other Ophrys species because of its glossy appearance. Like all other Ophrys orchid, Ophrys lunulata bear flowers with furry appearance. This particular species of orchid is native to Sicily, Italy.

7.) Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera)

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Yes, there are also species of orchids that resemble flies and the Fly Orchid is an excellent example. This orchid is endemic to Europe and is totally dependent on flies and bees for pollination. The unique Fly Orchid uses scent to attract male flies, which pollinate the flowers as they attempt to copulate with the flower.

8.) Dark Bee Orchid (Ophrys fusca)

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The Dark Bee Orchid is a unique species of orchid endemic to the Mediterranean. This lovely photo of Dark Bee Orchid was photographed in Mallorca, Spain.

9.) Ophrys ferrum-equinum

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Ophrys ferrum-equinum is a pretty and unique species of orchid that can be found from Albania to southwestern and southern Turkey. It can be found also in Peloponnese, Greece where the above photo was photographed.

10.) Bertoloni's Bee Orchid (Ophrys bertolonii)

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The beautiful Bertoloni's Bee Orchid is a unique species of orchid endemic to the central Mediterranean.

11.) Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

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The Bee Orchid is a unique perennial, temperate climate species of orchid that is commonly found in the Mediterranean region to the Black Sea to Germany, Ireland and UK. The Bee Orchids are bizarre plants because in some years they appear in great numbers and then sometimes only reappear after an absence of many years. The brownish-red with yellow marking flower is furry to the touch.

12.) Small Spider Ophrys (Ophrys araneola)

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Yes, some orchid species also looks like spider. The cute above photo of Small Spider Ophrys flower was photographed at Riez de Boffles, France.

13.) Late Spider Orchid (Ophrys holoserica)

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The odd-looking Late Spider Orchid is a unique species of Ophrys orchid also scientifically named Ophrys fuciflora. It’s a type of flower from the orchid family.

14.) Sardinian Ophrys (Ophrys annae)

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The pretty Sardinian Ophrys is a unique orchid species native to Sardinia. The above photo of a Sardinian Ophrys flower was photographed near Zinnigas, Sardinia in Italy.

15.) Balearic Orchid (Ophrys balearica)

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This beautiful flower of Ophrys balearica or Balearic Orchid was photographed near Son Serra, Mallorca in Spain.

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Comments (3)
Ranked #20 in Biology

Stunning photographs.. stumble thumbs up!

Ranked #24 in Biology

Definitely awesome and illusive flowers which could either be misidentified as flies or bees. Thumbs up, kabayan.

Your ONE picture: "Ophrys umbilicata" blew me away with the simulation that plant nature can have to insect life - what wonder!

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