Ultraviolet Flowers

Verbascum nigrum L.
Verbascum niger. Visible light
Visible light
Verbascum niger. UV light
UV light, b/w rendition
(Hoya U-360, SB-140)
Both images: Nikon D1H @800 ISO, UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5

© Bjørn Rørslett/NN

Dark Mullein has quite strong visual clues for the visiting pollinating insects. The hairy anthers are discerned by their violet colour and also absorb UV strongly, whilst the corrolla reflects UV.

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Last Update 6 February, 2005