Wasp Ophrys or Ophrys tenthredinifera Willd. -
11th March 2006
Wasp Ophrys or Ophrys tenthredinifera Willd.
It's full orchid season now in Crete, at least at lower
altitude. A friend of mine introduced me to them a couple of
years ago. A lot of these are small flowers which like to hide
in phrygana and other bushes, so looking for them can be quite
fun, a bit like an Easter egg hunt. And once you have found
a good looking one (I don't photograph the ugly ones) you need
to set up your little studio right there in the thorns and
mud. A very down to earth activity. Almost as satisfying as
shooting birds (the flying kind I mean) and way more politically
Once back in my high tech thornless home environment it's
a matter of identifying what I have shot. And these little
buggers are not so easy to the untrained eye, especially as
not only are there loads of species and subspecies but they
The one above should be simple, I think that it is a Wasp
Ophrys (or Sawfly Ophrys) or Ophrys tenthredinifera Willd.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
For those who, like me, wonder about the abbreviation Willd.,
I just found out that it comes from Carl
Ludwig Willdenow who was a German botanist. Early in the
morning and I have already learned something. This is going
to be a good day!