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May 28, 2010 2:29 PM

Seen any good orchids lately?

The Best flies and bees are plants!  Now is the time that many of our orchids are in flower and some of the most striking are the Ophrys (Fly, Bee and Spider Orchids). While Fly's are in decline and Spiders have always been rare, the Bee is definitely increasing - a consequence of our more Mediterranean climate. There are lots of different forms and we really would like to see your images and sightings as they are under-recorded!

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    Hello,

     

    I came across these beauties a few months back when visiting Cromer! No idea what species they are, but there was a particular meadow that was full of them. Really great to find them, and these were the first I've seem growing wild.

     

    Ash.

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    Hi Fred

     

    On a patch of nearby chalk grassland, so far this year, I have counted 17 Bee Orchids (only 5 last year) and 20 Man Orchids (only 12 last year).  There also seems to be many more Pyramid and Common Spotted Orchids than last year.  I wonder if this is the result of the weather or of a second season of conservation grazing by 2 ponies.

     

    Helen

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      Jul 18, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to HelenT)
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      You might like to watch our bee orchids and insect mimicry video to find out more about some of these beautiful orchids - Fred visited the North Downs in Kent on a rather blustery day! And we've added a slideshow of orchid images of some of the unusual varieties.

       

      Please keep adding your own images here, with info about where you saw them - as Fred says, we're keen to know about your sightings, particularly of unusual forms, as they are under-recorded.

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    Jul 17, 2012 12:45 PM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    An image of an interesting peloric form (where the petals including the lip look like sepals) of the bee orchid has recently been posted on the ID forum. You can see it here.

     

    Lisa

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    Jul 19, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    Common Spotted orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii

     

    Dark-red Helleborine, Epipactis atrorubens

     

     

    Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis

     

    Fragrant Orchid. (Gymnadenia Conopsea ssp. conopsea)

     

    Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera

     

    Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera

     

    12 July 2012. At Bishop Middleham Quarry, County Durham.  Hundreds of spotted orchid, a few pyramidal orchid, a few fragrant orchid, a very few bee orchid, many dark red helleborines coming into flower.

     

     

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      Jul 19, 2012 10:45 AM (in response to Amateur)
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      Also near RSPB Saltholme, a few common spotted orchid.

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    Jul 18, 2012 10:15 PM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    on 5 July 2012, common spotted orchids in volumes, several fragrant orchids, and one bee orchid. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimbarton/sets/72157630456255944/

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    Dear fellows,

    This is the flower I found on our garden wall this morning... We live in Herne Hill in South-East London.

    Could that be an orchid of some kind?

    Thank you,

    -Manny

     

     

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      Jul 20, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to Manny Manushek)
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      Hi Manny,

      This looks like an antirrhinum, which commonly grow out of walls.

      Liz

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    Dear Liz and DrFred,

    Thank you,

    -Manny

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    Earlier this month there were lots of bee orchids on the verge beside the South Norfolk Council offices' carpark.  and one solitary bee orchid in verge about half a mile away, both Long Stratton.  Quite a few on Tibenham Airfield, also South Norfolk

     

    Bogbean

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    A friend at work passed an article from the Guardian on to me about this web page.

     

    We have 3 resident Bee orchids on our Chemical site built along the southerly bank of the Solent, Hythe Southampton.

    I think they are apifera.

    This year one plant apparently had a good flower spike but the slugs ignored the danger tape and metal fencing which has been errected around it by orchid enthusiasts on site.

     

    There are also quite alot of (possibly) Early Marsh orchids which did exceptionally well this year spreading from their usual large group and springing up to dot around a few more distant slopes.

    I thought it might be nice to mention that these orchids and their soil symbionts can still manage to survive on a site like this.

    Also saw quite a few orchids on holiday in Devon at the end of June at Finlake Holiday Park near Newton Abbot. Apparently the lodges are built in an old quarry. The deciduous/ oak woodland was amazing and looked really old. I was really suprised when I was told by a groundsman that it wasn't. There were alot of (possibly) fragrant orchids dotted throughout. It made my holiday even nicer to spend a week living amongst them.

    The groundsman said there were Bee orchids at the park but I didn't get to see any.

    Since orchids caught my interest I have always assumed that a region had to contain a pristine and un damaged microbiological world for orchids to grow. It really suprises me that obviously when by rare chance the right soil conditions and fungus come together these ingenius plants manage to flower.

    Noticed quite a few pyramidal orchids along the roadsides while in Devon too.

     

    Very interesting and bizarre that the weird wet weather has triggered or permitted more flowering. Sounds baffling!

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    A more unusual orchid.  This is a Tyne helleborine from Williamston River Shingle which is an SSSI of metalliferous outwash of the historic mine workings at the top of the Tyne valley.

      Interestingly, because the mines are shut, the SSSI is described as

    Condition:   Unfavourable declining

    as it leaches out its metal contamination over time, so that it is no longer as good for these helleborines and other plants that like that sort of soil.

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    Thank you to J Bullimore for reporting this bee orchid sighting:

     

    5 bee orchid plants in June on Westleton Common in Suffolk - postcode IP17 3A.

     

    Lisa

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    Four bee orchids turned up in a wild flower patch in our woodland in late June 2012, Leafield, West Oxfordshire.  It was such an exciting surprise - this is the first time we have seen orchids here! This appears to have been a bumper year for them overall.  The patch where they appeared is mown once a year in September and is on very poor limey soil.

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    Sep 26, 2012 11:32 AM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    One of 2 Bee Orchids taken 04/07/2012 at Ravenhead Greenway, ex Alexandra Colliery, St Helens: SJ 50611 93830

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    Apr 24, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    'pdh' has spotted his first orchid of the year at Fontmell Down in Dorset and posted an image of it.

    Do keep telling us about your orchid sightings this year everyone.

     

    Thanks, Lisa

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    Forgot to post my early purple orchids, just coming out on 1 May 2013 at Thrislington NNR

     

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        Think I have found two locations with Bee Orchids (?) with total of 42 plants. As yet there are no flower spikes to verify the variety. Best I can offer are early photos. Several have grown a stem over the past 7-10 days. P1020394.JPGP1020396.JPG

        As a 'novice' I would welcome advice/comments.

        Location Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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    Very late early purple orchids at Bishop MIddleham Quarry Nature Reserve. A few out in the open, hundreds in a shady area. All have very pronounced spots on their leaves. Photos taken on 22 May.

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      Jun 4, 2013 1:19 PM (in response to Amateur)
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      Hello,

      I've seen Monkey orchids yesterday at the Hartslock Nature Reserve.

      Yours,

      Florin

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    Jun 24, 2013 11:26 PM (in response to DrFred - Museum ID team)
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    No Bee orchids, I'm afraid, but here's some spotted on holiday in Cornwall - Kynance cove. They were growing very close to the sea and must be tougher than they look to withstand the strong winds and salt.

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    hi found these bee orchids in my fount garden have six plants all together all with flowers 2013-06-29 12.26.16.jpg33

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      Jul 3, 2013 10:38 PM (in response to melissa)
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      Melissa, Nice that you identified them before mowing. What area of UK are these located?

      I have 24 flowering plants this year out of 34 in my lawn - quite an achievement after the bitter winter.

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    At roundabout, top of M25 J8 (Reigate) in NW corner by traffic lights saw three Bee Orchids as I waited for lights to turn green. There's a patch of rough grass which never gets maintained and had one Bee last year.

    A few Pyramidals (I think - hard to be sure in rush hour traffic) earlier in June on next section round by A217 lanes to Reigate / M25 slip road westbound but grass gets mown by council unfortunately and cuttings never removed. Few Pyramidals this year compared to previous.

    I'm always hoping for the lights to be red on teh roundabout so I can have quick look. Great to see the Bee Orchids with the M25 streaming by underneath.

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    Hello - I'd be grateful if you could confirm bee orchid please?  I noticed the rosette of leaves in our lawn before its first mow in April, and have mowed around it since.  We are just south of Ulverston in south cumbria - not many records in the Cumbria flora (though there are a few from this area) and I gather that this species is expanding its range northwards. Many thanks.  Edward Mills

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      Jul 3, 2013 10:43 PM (in response to Edward Mills)
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      Edward, Good to see you identified these before mowing (as did Melissa). Nice picture and very clearly a Bee Orchid. Located some in my lawn for first time this year. Now set aside an area 6 m x 4m as a wild flower patch.

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        Oct 23, 2013 9:52 PM (in response to AussieEd)
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        Aussie Ed here.  I had a good showing of Bee Orchids in my back lawn this past summer (27 flowered) plus a further 16 in nearby green space. Council very co-operative in not mowing the green space once I informed them.

        Die back of leaves over late July/Aug/Sept has now revealed new leaf growth of 19 plants which will now 'winter over'.  I kept the seed so hope for further propogation in coming years. Location Bury St Edmunds.

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    11th July 2013 at Bishop Middleham Quarry. Only found the one bee orchid this year, but got some good photos.  Hope they are good enough to identify the form.  Jim

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