Come hither, says plant

Come hither, says plant

Study finds that bees “read” the electric field of a flower. First-ever detection of electric-field detection by animal not in water makes evolutionary sense, but how come nobody ever saw this before? More »

Bee vision

Bee vision

To the human eye, Bidens ferufolia — a species in the sunflower family — has all-yellow petals (left). Bees see the same flower differently: with a bullseye, guiding them to land close to the nectar, held on the nectaries at… More »

Cotton pollination

Cotton pollination

This image shows a very small portion of a cotton flower magnified more than 500 times. The spike-covered orbs are cotton pollen grains stuck to the papillar surface of the stigma, a sticky surface with finger-like projections. The stigma is… More »

Botanical Beauty, Nasal Nightmare

Amorphophallus titanum, the corpse flower, astounds thousands as it blooms. Even the flies agree: It STINKS! But what good is a foul-scented wonder? More »