Dave Kennard

Dave Kennard

Posted on 06/11/2013


Photo taken on June 11, 2013


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Life
Meconopsis cambrica
Flowering Plants
Biota
Dicotyledons
UV Photography
IR Photography
Nectar guide
Poppy family
Welsh poppy
Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca
Angiosperms
Eukaryota
Infrared
Vitae
Plants
Ultraviolet
Plantae
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliopsida
Papaveraceae
Ranunculales
Meconopsis
Orange Welsh Poppy


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Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower Vis-UV-IR

Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower Vis-UV-IR
Comparison of a Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower in visible light (left), ultraviolet light (centre), and infrared light (right).

In ultraviolet the anthers and stigma appear much darker than they do in visible light. There are also UV markings at the base of the petals. These are known as nectar guides, and are thought to help bees and other insects that can see ultraviolet light to hone in on the area of the flower where the nectar and pollen are located. In turn, this helps the flower get pollinated.

In infrared light the poppy appears much the same (in terms of tone) as it does under visible light.

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