I walked in Kingley Vale, people told me about them, nope, never saw one. I walked in Plean Country park, loads of others but .... nary a Bee.
I've now lived in S Wales for 10 years. About three years ago, there appeared, on the triangle of ground opposite our house, three Bee Orchids and every year since.
Did they find me?
I don't think anyone else has noticed them.
There were a couple of slight colour variations with a very much paler plant and a clump of the darker.
The Bee orchid is a sneaky mimic - the flower’s velvety lip looks like a female bee. Males fly in to try to mate with it and end up pollinating the flower. Sadly, the right bee species doesn’t live here, so this orchid is self-pollinated in the UK.
They grow to a height of 15–50 centimetres (6–20 in) so are quite small, especially in long grass
I watched and photographed this clump for a couple of months, it was wonderful to have them right on my doorstep.
These were all taken in June / July this year (2020)
I found these had beautiful shape, design, colours, wonderful to shoot.
I'm hoping they'll be back next year.