Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 12/05/2011

This is the voice of the mysterons….

Only a day after taking the photo of the Lily bud by my front door and the plant is now in bloom and looking magnificent. Whilst I know a lot of people don’t like the stamens on these plants because of the way the pollen can mark anything that brushes against them, it’s this very pollen and the spindly stamens that draw me to these flowers.

What I could really do with on the camera is some facility to record ultraviolet. Many plants actually signal to insects that they contain nectar as well as indicators as to where it may be found. Being able to view this part of the spectrum might make us view flowers very differently.

Interestingly (well I thought it was interesting) Bee‘s apparently cannot see the colour red, this being at the opposite end of the spectrum to the yellow’s, purples, blues, and of course ultraviolet (admit it, you’re actually repeating the rhyme “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” or some such phrase!).

The Lily shown doesn’t appear to have any rewards for pollinators, and is not able to self-pollinate, so it’s pollen does have to travel some how from flower to flower. As mentioned before, the microscopic particles on the stamen readily transfer across to anything that touches them, so any carrier, whether it be insect or animals can act as a medium (or a large).

Today’s blog title is pretty easy to guess, it’s from Captain Scarlet, one of Gerry Anderson‘s supermarionation shows. Did you get yesterday’s title reference? A song from the 60’s Mellow Yellow was recorded by Donovan and was a bit of a hippy anthem. I do have to admin, as you know I have a punk streak, that typing the title of a Hippy song was rather difficult…. man!

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