Ophrys leochroma - Lion-maned Ophrys
The group of O. tenthredinifera in the eastern Mediterranean was recently reinvestigated by Paulus and Hirth (2012) and they came to the conclusion that there are three taxa present on Rhodes. Ophrys tenthredinifera s.s. is the first flowering taxon that was previously known as O. villosa. However, since the latter taxon looks the same as O. tenthredinifera s.s. from the western Mediterranean and also has the same pollinator (Eucera nigrilabris, a long-horned bee), it was concluded that O. villosa is actually the same as O. tenthredinifera s.s. The second taxon is O. leochroma (pollinator: Eucera kullenbergi) as shown here. The third taxon, which is recognised by its very small flowers (<1 cm), is Ophrys korae (pollinator: unknown). It has so far only been found on Rhodes and Samos. Photo taken north of Monolithos on 22 March, 2015.
H.F. Paulus and M. Hirth. Eur. J. Orch. 2012, 44 (3), 625-686.