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Ophrys herae

Ophrys herae
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Orchids of Samos island (Greece) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-21 10:01
Viewed: 4864
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another endemic Ophrys from Samos.
See my new theme: Wild Orchids of Samos island, Greece

Ophrys herae Hirth & Spaeth, 1992
Family: Orchidaceae

Etymology : after godess Herae.
Biotope : similar to Ophrys mammosa, usually at more acidic soils. From 0 to 800m.
Flowering time: February- Begin april

This species is originally described from Samos island. Originally described by Hirth & Spaeth in 1992 from the island of Samos, it was considered to have quite a broad distribution in Greece, from the Ionian islands in the West to the Aegean ones in the east, extending also south to Crete, and even farther east to Cyprus. But more recently Monika Hirth restricted its distribution to the sole island of Samos, and described O. janrenzii from Corfu. The name of O. x pseudomammosa auct. non Renz was also used for the Cretan plants.
The pollinator is Andrena thoracica. The main characteristic of this species is the light colour of the basal field of the lip (orange-olive green).

Antonopoulos Z., 2009.
The bee Orchids of Greece. The genus Ophrys. Mediterraneao Editions. [link to the Editor]
James Mast de Maeght in Ophrys.be
Delforge,P. 1992. Contribution à l'étude de trois espèces d'Ophrys récemment décrites: Ophrys cephalonica, Ophrys herae et Ophrys minoa (Orchidaceae). Natural. belges 73 (Orchid. 5): 71-105.
Hirth,M. 2002. Zur Systematik einiger Ophrys-Arten aus dem sphegodes-mammosa-Komplex von Kerkira (Korfu) und NW Griechenland. Jahresber. naturwiss. Vereins Wuppertal 55 : 163-188.

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Sufficient dept of field, composition and lovely warm colors, Catherine. Valuable notes too!
George Veltchev

haha:) what a big coincidence for me? that i was neighbour two good frends in my both sides:) Realy great!
Very impressive photograph of a Samos beauty MF, such intense and a bit fiery colours. Nice strong details, they really stand out with perfect exposure.
TFS and have a nice evening/WE fili Cathy!


This is a nice one Catherine, great light and great focusing!

enjoy your weekend

Bonsoir Catherine
La variété d'Ophrys en Grèce me semble très grande...
Bravo pour celle-ci

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-05-21 11:32]

Wonderful shot of this beautiful orchid, Cathrine.
I really like your choice of composition and DOF - the blend of the two really bring it out better and isolate it from the other elements in the BG.
Great, sharp details and good overall presentation of this interesting endemic.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Catherine.. Excellent shot of this interesting and beautiful orchid!
Very goodBG and wonderful colors and lighting!
thanks for sharing.

hello Catherine
super sharpness and soft BG.with great details of this beautiful orchid
super colours
greeting lou

What a great POV and BG to this lovely orchid!
Perfect shot!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-05-21 13:49]

Hi catherine,

This is a lovely species. You captured it very well. I assume it wast taken the late afternoon, judging by the light.

All the best,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-05-21 14:44]

Hola Catherine.
Bella foto de este hermosa Orquidea.
Exelente y fino macro.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-24 1:40]

Hello Catherine.

Excellent shot

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