Monday Night Mystery: Flower Power

Tonight’s challenge is more botanical than our usual fare. Here, for your consideration, is a flower:


1. What species is this? (4 points)
2. What insect (Family or genus) pollinates this plant? (6 points)

To earn points, be the first person to correctly answer each question. The cumulative points winner for the month of March will win their choice of:

1) A guest post here on Myrmecos
2) Any 8×10 print from my insect photography galleries
3) A myrmecos t-shirt

Good luck!

4 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: Flower Power”

  1. Aw, I came in too late to say that. I guess I just wanted to say that I realized it only because i couldn’t think of any other non-obscure tropical plant in which the flower was coming directly out of the trunk; that condition is apparently called cauliflory.

  2. Larvae of some Forcipomyia species group in a preemptive defensive circle, a behaviour called cycloalexy. I’d really like to see it in person one day!

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