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by Dr Aman Biswas
on June 16, 2016 at 11:37 PM
Thanks too good information.
Reply by Christine Casey
on June 20, 2016 at 8:08 AM
Glad this was helpful. The close relationship between bees and flowers, of which nectar guides are a good example, is fascinating.
by Lawren
on June 14, 2017 at 2:25 PM
Thank you for this information. It really helped on the project I am working on about designing the best plant. I wonder how the bees see the UV nectar guides. Does it look similar to the visible nectar guides? Also, what do the "intricate patterns" on the flowers look like?
Reply by Christine Casey
on June 20, 2017 at 8:33 AM
Lawren,  
Nectar guides are an interesting adaptation by plants to facilitate pollination. To give you and idea of what the bees see, I've attached a photo to this post that shows flannel bush nectar fluorescing bright blue under UV light. You might also be interested in this web site that shows photos of plants under normal and UV light: http://www.naturfotograf.com/UV_flowers_list.html.  
 
The patterns on flowers vary, but are typically spots or lines that point to the nectary.
 
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