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Bee Orchid

Ophrys apifera


A small orchid, the Bee Orchid has a rosette of leaves at ground level and two leaves that grow up the stem as a sheath. The stem displays a number of relatively large flowers with pink sepals that look like wings and furry, brown lips that have yellow markings just like a bee.


Found throughout the UK, although scarce in the north.


We found this Bee Orchid growing in the Isle of Wight Zoo close to where we were working. We decided to make a sign so that visitors can see it and animal keepers don't step on it!

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England, United Kingdom

Lat: 50.65, Long: -1.15

Spotted on Jun 8, 2014
Submitted on Jun 30, 2014

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