Posted by: colonyofbirchmen | October 6, 2009

Pictures of Flowers

This came up today at tea when I was talking to J (can’t really use A followed by any number of letters). I remember watching some science special as a kid where they showed pictures of flowers in the uv spectrum. Apparently insect eye sensitivity peaks at yellow, blue, and especially some uv frequency, and some flowers have cool patterns only visible in the uv to attract insects to the reproductive organs. See these or these. I seem to recall some pictures of spider webs with uv-visible patterns thought to mimic flowers, but I can’t find any online.

– B


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