Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dutchman's Pipe

Close-up of a Dutchman's Pipe flower (Aristolochia species), a woody, fast growing vine, shown here blooming at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. I suspect that the bug falls/flies into the yellow opening going all the way down the tube-like flower to contact the pollinia and/or stamens only to crawl out and do the same trick again on a new flower. You can see the little hairs at the mouth of the opening that probably help the bug crawl back out.

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