Broad asymmetric lateral sepals, dorsal sepal lowered. Extended petals, yellow or with a blue-grey or brown spotted velvety macula. Pollinated by male Andrena bees. This species is notable among Ophrys for the fact that the pollinating bees sit on the labellum facing away from the pollinaria instead of facing towards them, and thus collect the pollinaria with their abdomen.
Grows in full sun or shade on limey dry or damp soils, pastures, and thin woodland. Widely distributed in the Mediterranean area and in Atlantic regions of southern Europe
#3 is the normal color