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Already in 1768 Ophrys sphegodes has been described from county Kent in Southern England. Long time most of the other orchids which are shown in these web pages have also been counted to Ophrys sphegodes, many of these have only been separated in the last years of the 20. century. In Central Europe and England Ophrys sphegodes s.str. is pollinated by the bees Andrena nigroaenea and limata.

In 2002 ERROL VELA wrote an article in L'Orchidophile 33 (154) to prove that "aranifera" is the correct name of the orchid, while "sphegodes" shall have meant Ophrys apifera and / or fuciflora then.

The Spanish Ophrys sphegodes often has big petals and / or an arachnitiforme touch. Very rarely also sphegodes with coloured petals can be found in Eastern Spain.

Whether the three last Italian orchids shown in the lower row are Ophrys sphegodes s.str., too, has to be clearified by further investigation.

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   D Palatina 4.5.03
right: D Taubergießen 18.5.03

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   D Taubergießen 27.5.85
right: D Saarland 18.5.88

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   F Corbières 1.5.02
right: F Grenoble 4.5.04


Ophrys sphegodes
E Catalunya Vic 6.5.00

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   E Navarra, Pamplona 26.5.02
right: E Navarra, Pamplona 21.5.03

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   E La Rioja, Haro 22.5.03
right: E Alava, Ocio 22.5.03


Ophrys sphegodes
E Prov. Teruel, La Iglesuela del Cid 24.5.04

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   E Prov. Cuenca, Huelamo 26.5.04
right: I Abruzzo Isernia 6.6.02

Ophrys sphegodes
left:   I Calabria, S.Agata di Esaro 22.4.03
right: I Calabria, S.Agata di Esaro 9.5.89

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