Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 08/23/2013


Photo taken on August 22, 2013


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Skipper Drinking Nectar and Getting Pollen Brushed onto its Head!

Skipper Drinking Nectar and Getting Pollen Brushed onto its Head!
As I looked at this image, I suddenly said, "OHHHH!!! I GET IT!!!!" Now I understand why the stamens grow the way they do! They come out from behind the flower and arc up and over the flower. An insect will land on the front to sip nectar and the weight causes the stamens to bend forward and brush pollen onto the head of the insect!! INGENIUS!!!!

I sat and observed this patch of flowers for a little while and could see that the most common visitor are these lovely orange skippers, which flit quickly from blossom to blossom. And now we can see that every time they visit another flower--hundreds of them every day!--they pass the pollen around to the other flowers! Isn't that fascinating?!! :D Just another reason I'm overjoyed to have this amazing camera and lens!

Miss Ana, Agnès, Василий Касимовский, Marcos and 18 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
tiabunna
tiabunna
Ha! For once I'm first... A lovely shot and good observing Janet. With all due respect to your lens and camera, the key part of the system is the photographer. :) Seen in www.ipernity.com/group/prime-lenses.
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
I love the aspect !!!! This is really beautiful !
4 years ago.
Rajan C.K
Rajan C.K
Great moment, well captured!
4 years ago.
Nicole Le Roy
Nicole Le Roy
Magnifique !
4 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
Nature does all kinds of things. You want to check out New Zealand Flax and what it does to birds...
4 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Always taken as beautiful ... Remarkable
Good day and great weekend!
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
Beautiful flower, skipper and background. The upside down skipper adds a neat dynamic to this one!
4 years ago.
Stan Askew
Stan Askew
That's Wild!!
Seen in

Wonderful World
of Wildlife!!
4 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
Superbe image !
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
excellent macro...
Seen in Prime lenses (fixed focal length)
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
I really like that bokeh
4 years ago.
Jofolo
Jofolo
Fabulous shot showing nature always has it sussed.
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Excellente macro.
4 years ago.
John Varley
John Varley
I love a great Skipper shot Janet and this is a fab example nice work .
4 years ago.
Miss Ana
Miss Ana
SO spectacular! Great model!
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
h. Look at that lovely ark of the stamen and the beautiful eye of the skipper. Very well done.
Thank you, Janet. You are so kind and helpful. Your Google suggestion sounds well worth trying. It's a bad time at the moment. My husband is working full time rather than a day a week whilst filling in for leave and he's had shingles this last couple of months too. My particular health problems mean I have to rest a great deal with short active periods in between and my eyes & concentration accompanying eyework doesn't last for long. Not helpful for learning how to do new things on the computer. I have to take it v v slowly. I'm wondering if the computer shop would be able to do it for us if we can get computer there when things slow down a bit for us.
I've kept seeing shots I would like to take today but then remembered, no camera but I've so many hundreds of shots in my archives so it's a chance to catch up a little.
Note. Mine's just a common wasp, not a blue mud dauper posted earlier today before the flower.
4 years ago.