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Passion flower and black bee

Passion flower and black bee
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Copyright: LINALDO CARDOSO (Linaldo) Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 10 N: 25] (123)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Passion Flower [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-24 16:19
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Passion fruit flower being pollinated.

The passion fruit plant needs insects pollinating, that are the bees of the gender Xilocopa sp, known popularly as mamangavas. In places where there is low population of those bees it can be made the pollination manually. For that, pollen of flowers of different plants should be collected, distant some of the other ones and, with the hand loaded of the pollen mixture, to proceed the pollination in a continuous way in a line. With the tips of the fingers, to do an ascending movement in the completely open flowers. To improve the adherence of the pollen in the stigma, the operators can protect the four fingers of each hand with thumb-stalls done of wool flannel.

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Hi Linaldo,
That flower is amazing!
Very good the moment and scene caught here, with the insect feeding at the flower.
A great mix of colours.
I think you compressed too much the jpg file, or perhaps moved up the contrast or saturation of the image. That's why the bandage-like seen.
Well done and thanks to post it.
Best regards,

Good shot, Linaldo.
I'm really interesting in good nature macro.
Please, keep trying.

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