Unidentified butterflyA and Ophrys scolopax

Orchid is one type of flower plant that is much in demand by people. A single orchid full of blooming flowers looks beautiful and charming. Two of these orchids have very beautiful and attractive shapes, especially Ophrys Scolopax, whose shape is almost like a female bee making it a lot of people enjoy doing.

Unidentified butterfly

Gouache on 35.5 x 51 cm 100% cotton rag

I have no idea what species this is – a small blue butterfly photographed in May in northern Spain. I just liked the idea of trying to reproduce the intricate patterning of the underwing. The flowers are also not orchids (Allium spp).

Ophrys scolopax

Gouache on 35.5 x 51 cm 100% cotton rag

The European genus Ophrys represents almost 200 species (depending on what taxonomic influences you have) – all are spectacularly bizarre, and there seems to be so much variation within individuals of a population that putting a name to them is a job for the specialists. Ophrys scolopax grows quite commonly here in Catalunya if you know where to look, and is very easy to overlook given its small size and apparent preference for growing in long grass. Local populations seem to suffer a lot owing to the fact that their flowering time (end of May) coincides with the first cutting of the roadside verges.