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Sawfly Ophrys - Ophrys tenthredinifera  - 18th March 2007

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Sawfly Ophrys - Ophrys tenthredinifera - Click to enlarge

 

Wasp Ophrys - Ophrys tenthredinifera - Click to enlarge

 

Sawfly Ophrys - Ophrys tenthredinifera

 

The Sawfly Orchid (also sometimes called Wasp Ophrys) - Ophrys tenthredinifera Willd. (last after Carl Ludwig Willdenow) is a common orchid type on the Akrotiri peninsula. Just walk around in the phrygana paying close attention to the ground and you will find them (and other orchids).

Like other members of the genus Ophrys (collectively known as the “bee orchids”), its relies on fooling male insects for its pollination. You can read more about this intersting plant family on Wikipedia

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