The Named Orchids
At one site on the Purbecks I have seen good numbers of the
Wasp and in a good year up to 20% of the Ophrys apifera there were of this variety. But in another year there could be none!
It is also known to occur on Portland.
The Bi-colour Bee is an extreme rarity in the UK, but does
occur in Dorset. I was very lucky to see a couple of these
plants in North Dorset, near Fontmell Down.
The Bee Orchid
The "Bi-colour" Bee
One of our best known orchids, the Bee orchid can be seen at
many sites around Dorset.All around Portland and the
Purbecks,at Badbury Rings, Fontmell Down and east of
Bridport, this beautiful orchid is at its best throughout
There are also several distinct "forms" or sub-species of the
Bee orchid. The commonest one in Dorset is the "Wasp" orchid, this is the var. trollii.