Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fronts and Backs of Flowers

You could say I have built in a bias here, but, if this were a beauty contest, I'd vote for the backsides.  The three wildflowers in contention are, from top to bottom, Leopard Lily (3), Spanish Clover (2), and Scarlet Gilia (2).  Pollinating insects and spiders are undoubtedly attracted to the front views, the access points to the nectar and pollen.  Some insects mostly hide out among the flowers and below them, so they might find the back sides more appealing.  And still others might crawl around the flowers without a preferred point of view.  I like taking an insect's view, when I can figure out what it is.

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