Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bidens - how she does it (simulated butterfly vision)

Bidens never ceases to amaze me...

The far-away white/yellow guide for insects is completely invisible for us. Then the blue UV reflection of the "husk" protecting the stamen + pollen just before it opens up to reveal the pollen, yet at the same time acting as a guide for the insects when they are close enough (insects only see sharp close-up). 

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Visible light image 

Simulated butterfly vision (UV=blue) 

These are my personal assumptions btw. and I would think it would be worth working on that scientifically...maybe I should. Isn't nature simply amazing....?!

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

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