Ultraviolet Flowers

Fragaria vesca L.
Fragaria vesca. Visible light
Visible light
(L37C filter)
Fragaria vesca. Ultraviolet light
UV light
(Hoya U-360, SB-140)
Nikon D1H, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, @800 ISO

Both images © Bjørn Rørslett/NN

It is uncommon for white-flowered species to feature a typical two-zoned UV pattern, and F. vesca does not clearly show the familiar bull's eye pattern. There are UV marks, however, but they are indistinct and largely occur in the vicinity of the veins of the petals. The petals don't stand out clearly under UV light because they reflect only moderately in UV. More UV-reflective areas are the bracts and the anthers.

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Last Update 20 August, 2004