Pollinating insects are an industrious bunch, working tirelessly as they flit from blossom to blossom. But for insects like the short-lived, fig-pollinating wasp, the job of bringing fruit to fruition can be a dangerous business.
The flowers of different species of Loasaceae, shown above, have developed impressive techniques to lure pollinators. Initially, the stamens are hidden in the boat-shaped petals, and upon stimulus by a pollinator, rapidly move towards the
This week’s featured image is taken from a paper by Lars Chittka and colleagues at the Queen Mary, University of London and Imperial College London. In the article entitled, FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database –