Flowering period
May - June
Threat status ?
Least concern
Dry meadow
Scientific name
Ophrys apifera

bee orchid

LB: Beien-Aperhoerorchidee FR: ophrys abeille DE: Bienen-Ragwurz

The flowers of the bee orchid, as is common in Ophrys species, imitate the appearance of certain insects that they attract as pollinators. When the pollinia bend towards the stigma, pollination can take place even without the presence of an insect. This is the rule in our latitudes. It grows in dry, warm calcareous grasslands of the Gutland.
Observations on GBIF.org: green-blue: before 2005, yellow-orange: after 2005, darker colour indicates more observations.