The beetle is unclear because it was very difficult to get it into focus. The anthers of the cornflower are perfectly in focus but the beetle was tucked in behind them.
Monday, 22 June 2009
photographic skills and specialist flowers.
Getting good close up shots require more skill than you might think. The tiny beetle was trying to get into the nectar of this cornflower but it couldn't get into the flowers despite its size. The flower probably only allows certain insects to feed on the nectar. The chances of this beetle finding another cornflower and pollinating it would be slim so it makes sense for the flower to develop methods of keeping unwanted visitors out.