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Pollination Series ~ 6 by Kimberly Chadwick
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Taken in Tucson, Arizona with Canon Powershot SX10IS

Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred in plants, thereby enabling fertilization and sexual reproduction. Pollen grains, which contain the male gametes (sperm) to where the female gamete(s) are contained within the carpel;1 in gymnosperms the pollen is directly applied to the ovule itself. The receptive part of the carpel is called a stigma in the flowers of angiosperms. The receptive part of the gymnosperm ovule is called the micropyle. Pollination is a necessary step in the reproduction of flowering plants, resulting in the production of offspring that are genetically diverse.

The study of pollination brings together many disciplines, such as botany, horticulture, entomology, and ecology. The pollination process as an interaction between flower and vector was first addressed in the 18th century by Christian Konrad Sprengel. It is important in horticulture and agriculture, because fruiting is dependent on fertilisation, which is the end result of pollination

BIOTIC Pollination
More commonly, the process of pollination requires pollinators: organisms that carry or move the pollen grains from the anther to the receptive part of the carpel or pistil. This is biotic pollination. The various flower traits (and combinations thereof) that differentially attract one type of pollinator or another are known as pollination syndromes.

There are roughly 200,000 varieties of animal pollinators in the wild, most of which are insects.2 Entomophily, pollination by insects, often occurs on plants that have developed colored petals and a strong scent to attract insects such as, bees, wasps and occasionally ants (Hymenoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), and flies (Diptera). In Zoophily, pollination is done by vertebrates such as birds and bats, particularly, hummingbirds, sunbirds, spiderhunters, honeyeaters, and fruit bats. Plants adapted to using bats or moths as pollinators typically have white petals and a strong scent, while plants that use birds as pollinators tend to develop red petals and rarely develop a scent (few birds have a sense of smell).

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The scarlet-on-deep-brown pattern of the upper side of the wings readily separates the Red Admiral from any other species in the Southwest. It occasionally nectar’s at flowers such as rosemary and lantana in city gardens and will also feed on sap, excrement, or fermented fruit. However, the red admiral is more common in foothill adn mountain riparian areas where it perches on tree trunks and damp soil.

Ordinarily, the rapid flight of red admirals makes them difficult to follow in the air, but they are notably territorial and can be coaxed onto a finger with a bit of patience. In the afternoons, males seek mates on hilltops.

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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Excellent macro work, Kimberly! He really is going at it on this sunflower!

  • I was surprised just how focused he was…lol, thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent macro capture!

  • I can lucky every now and again, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous!!!

  • Many thanks my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoabout 4 years ago

    Great detail showing Kimberly!

  • I do so appreciate that Jo, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful macro! Love it.

  • Thank you so much Nancy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 4 years ago

    Excellent!!

  • Thank you Marvin~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    This really is brilliant, such fantastic macro work.

  • I always appreciate your support, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 4 years ago

    Superb caputure Kimberly, POV quite unique.

  • Thank you Macky! I appreciate your visits darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    A perfect spot for a harvest! Wonderful shot, K.

  • Thank you Sheila…..☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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