Montana Outdoors

July 1, 2017

Today’s favorite(s)

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:03 pm

Slender Bog Orchid ~ Platanthera stricta (and friend)

Dense-flower Rein Orchid

Dense-flower Rein Orchid

Dense-flower Rein Orchid

Dense-flower Rein Orchid and crab spider

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24 Comments »

  1. That spider must be incredibly strong or have very potent venom!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — July 1, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

  2. I love these favorites. Thanks and congrats. Time permitting please read my ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com where you are told of a TALE OF A BLOGGER PART 18-900th post.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 1, 2017 @ 9:14 pm

    • Thank you and congratulations on reaching 900 posts! I know how much time and dedication that takes!

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

  3. What a strange plant! Thanks for sharing.😀

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — July 2, 2017 @ 7:00 am

    • They are. Several species of wild orchids have the same general “tower” shape with flowers all of the way up. There must be something in that design that works well for them.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 7:12 am

  4. This post supports what I’m always saying about the great variety of shapes and designs in the orchid family. And the spider and fly picture? Amazing shot. I don’t like flies even more than I don’t like spiders, so I guess it’s a good murder scene.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 2, 2017 @ 7:07 am

    • The orchids do live outside the “normal” patterns of most flowers. I have seen many hundreds of the little crab spiders, but I can’t remember seeing any actually with their prey before this year, and this is the most clear photo of that.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  5. beautiful photos of them!

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    Comment by Tammie — July 2, 2017 @ 10:50 am

  6. Nice shots of such little blossoms! I’ve never heard of this orchid. It certainly flowers well.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 2, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

    • It’s distribution is only in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana. It is one of four rein orchids that are native to this area. One grows on my place but hasn’t fully bloomed yet.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

  7. Wonderful shots.
    Lucky shot capturing a spider and another insect together, too.

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    Comment by Vicki — July 2, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. There were two of the spiders at work on these plants. There’s a lot of insect activity here this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

  8. Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly — and I’ve never seen that acted out so clearly and realistically! What a great photo. I like the orchid, too. I still haven’t posted any of the ladies’ tresses I found this year (so many flower, so little time!) but your photo of this one reinforces my notion that orchids are more plentiful and more varied than I ever imagined.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 3, 2017 @ 6:32 am

    • Since I first began recognizing orchids I also have been surprised at how many there are. Here they are pretty shy, growing in more out of the way places and in brush that often hides them completely. I have a brushy area down below my house that I have left in its natural state, and yesterday I visited there and found at least a dozen of the white version of this orchid. The blossoms at the bottom of the spike are open, but the ones at the top are just buds. I will visit every few days and get a picture when they are all open.

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      Comment by montucky — July 3, 2017 @ 6:47 am

  9. Beautiful

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    Comment by The buzzing Blogger — July 3, 2017 @ 10:26 am

  10. Never seen this plant – looks nice.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 4, 2017 @ 2:10 am

    • As with many of the wild orchids, it is a strange plant and, although not considered rare, it is not widespread or abundant.

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2017 @ 7:07 am

  11. I would have been rooting for the poor flying insect.

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

    • Actually, I think I like spiders better than flies. Now if he would eat mosquitoes!

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2017 @ 5:56 pm


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