Ultraviolet Flowers

Cichorium intybus L.
Cichorium intybus. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)
Cichorium intybus. UV light
UV light
(Hoya U-360 + B+W BG-38, SB-140)
Both images: Nikon D70 , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

Blue flowers are uncommon among the Composite species. Nevertheless we see clear UV markings on the ray florets of this Chickory and from a pollinator's point of view, there is a great similarity to the more frequently occurring yellow-coloured species of this large family.

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Last Update 20 August, 2005