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Unusually dark bee orchids

Observed: 28th June 2011 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder’s reputation in Plantsbobthebirder’s reputation in Plantsbobthebirder’s reputation in Plantsbobthebirder’s reputation in Plants

These 3 photos are of unusually dark bee orchid flowers from 3 different plants all growing within a few feet of each other at Radipole Lake RSPB reserve in the middle of Weymouth. Apparently one of them is a very rare form of the bee orchid. But is it not possible that these plants are just revealing the normal variability of the species? I find it difficult to believe that there are 3 different forms growing so close together. Perhaps someone out there can shed some light on orchid variability.

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Species with which Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) interacts


Mark at Magdalen's picture

No sex please

This sort of thing happens when you don't take a dip in the gene pool but just splash around in your own puddle.

ben rigsby's picture

beautiful and typical

beautiful and typical specimens. thanks for posting.