Wild Orchids

We have something special from Nightjar today.

Remember this (https://freethoughtblogs.com/affinity/2019/01/16/surrounded-by-rocks-an-exploration-series-chapter-5/) when I said that visiting that limestone hill during Spring would be more interesting because of all the wild orchids? Well, this month I did just that and managed to find 4 species of wild orchids! The Bee and Yellow Bee orchids I found mostly on my way up, while the Pyramidal and Mirror orchids were everywhere at the roadside verges around the hill. I was thrilled to find so many Mirror orchids this year, they are among my favourite wild flowers just because of how glossy and shiny they are. Mirror orchids are pollinated exclusively by a single species of solitary wasp and I love how far their mimicry goes, eyes and everything!

Bee Orchid – Ophrys apifera 1 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Bee Orchid – Ophrys apifera 2 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Mirror Orchid – Ophrys speculum 1 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Mirror Orchid – Ophrys speculum 2 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Pyramidal Orchid – Anacamptis pyramidalis 1 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Pyramidal Orchid – Anacamptis pyramidalis 2 ©Nightjar, all rights reserved

Yellow Bee-Orchid – Ophrys lutea ©Nightjar, all rights reserved


  1. voyager says

    I love orchids, but I’ve never seen them grow wild. The Pyramidal Orchid is my favourite, mostly because I love purple flowers, but the Bee Orchids are fabulous. Their mimicry is so detailed. So is that of the Mirror Orchids.
    Thanks, Nightjar, for sharing this. I love to see things that I’ll never get to see in person.

  2. springa73 says

    With the Mirror Orchids, it took me a few seconds to realize that there weren’t actually insects standing on them!

  3. rq says

    Amazing plant mimics. If I was an insect, I’d be tricked.
    And they are beautiful! I know there’s some wild orchids growing here, but they’re rare, and I haven’t managed to find any yet…

  4. Nightjar says

    Thanks for sharing that video, avalus! Sadly I have yet to catch that kind of action…

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