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Nestled in Finger of Pollen

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The green Stigma is nestled in pollen coated Stamen fingers of the Sacred Thorn-apple or jimsonweed (Datura wrightii). It is in the Niteshade Family and blooms at night. A popping sound can sometimes be heard when these flowers spring open about 15 minutes after sunset. It is common to see bees waiting for the flower to open. But, my favorite thing is to see the hawkmoth visit these flowers. Hawkmoths are about the size of a humming bird and have a tongue (proboscis) that can be as much as 12 inches long that they drop into each flower to suck nectar.

 

Shot hand held with a Nikon D300 and Tamron 90mm Macro lens.

  

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Taken on August 8, 2009