Dave Kennard

Dave Kennard

Posted on 10/29/2013


Photo taken on October  1, 2013


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Mints
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Dave Kennard
Dicotyledons
UV Photography
Lamiaceae
Melissa officinalis
Melissa
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Magnoliophyta
Magnoliopsida
Lamiales
IR Photography


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Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) flower Vis UV IR comparison

Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) flower Vis UV IR comparison
Comparison of a Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) flower photographed in visible light (top), ultraviolet (middle), and infrared (bottom).

In visible light the flower is a uniform white colour.

In ultraviolet light a darker area around the mouth of the flower is visible. This may act as a nectar guide, aiding bees (which can see ultraviolet light) to the area of the flower where the nectar and pollen are located.

In infrared light the flower appears a single tone. The leaf of the plant appears brighter in infrared, having around the same brightness as the flower.

This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licence. If using this image, please credit Dave Kennard / www.davidkennardphotography.com.

You can see more Vis-UV-IR comparisons of flowers (and info on how I take the photos) on my blog: Vis UV IR Flower photos.

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