Life Cycle Of A Flower

life cycle of a flower
    life cycle
  • The series of changes in the life of an organism, including reproduction
  • the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced
  • a series of stages through which an organism passes between recurrences of a primary stage
  • A life cycle is a period involving all different generations of a species succeeding each other through means of reproduction, whether through asexual reproduction or sexual reproduction (a period from one generation of organisms to the same identical).
  • bloom: produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed"
  • Induce (a plant) to produce flowers
  • (of a plant) Produce flowers; bloom
  • Be in or reach an optimum stage of development; develop fully and richly
  • a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
  • reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
life cycle of a flower - Flower Portraits:
Flower Portraits: The Life Cycle of Beauty
Flower Portraits: The Life Cycle of Beauty
Following the success of her book of portraits, "Wise Women", photographer Joyce Tenneson turns her lens to the life of flowers. In this series of pictures, Tenneson records the often unseen and overlooked later phases in a plant's life and finds exquisite beauty in their blossoming and gradual decline. These stunning portraits celebrate the life cycle and allow the reader to appreciate flowers in a new way, as well as contemplate the poignancy, fragility and continual beauty of life itself. Tenneson's photographs follow the long tradition of the botanical illustrations of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as photographic masters such as Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe and Irving Penn. Just as "Wise Women" chronicled the energy, vitality and beauty of older women, "Flower Portraits" gives a compelling look at the radiant individual metamorphosis of flowers in the later stages of their lives.

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Monarch Butterfly is feasting on brilliant red and gold Milkweed
Monarch Butterfly is feasting on brilliant red and gold Milkweed
Explore Apr 4, 2011 #87 A close up look at the butterfly at work... proboscis or drinking straw is inserted into the throat of the flower. Notice the black antennae and legs and the repeating black and white dot patterns on the body and wings. What a gorgeous creature this is with its golden and orange sunset tones and mosaic details. And the life cycle is fascinating... from yellow, black and white caterpillar to flying mosaic beauty! Metamorphosis is the series of developmental stages that insects go through to become adults. Butterflies and moths have four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult. It takes a Monarch Butterfly just 30 to 40 days to complete its life cycle, with warmer temperatures generally being responsible for faster development. Monarch females lay their eggs on Milkweed, the only plant Monarch caterpillars can eat. The eggs are laid singly and generally on the undersides of leaves. The eggs are about the size of a periods at the end of a sentence and whitish in color. Three to six days later, they hatch. The newly hatched caterpillar is so small that it can barely be seen but grows quickly, feeding on nothing but Milkweed leaves. In 9 to 14 days it's full grown, about 2" long. The caterpillar has eight pairs of stubby legs. The first three pair of legs will become the butterfly's legs. Like a snake or a crab, a Monarch caterpillar sheds its skin five times during the larval stage. When the caterpillar is full grown it usually leaves the milkweed plant and can crawl 30 to 40 feet from the milkweed) to find a safe place to pupate. The caterpillar creates a silk-like mat, attaches its last pair of legs to it, and allows itself to drop and hangs upside down in a J-shape for approximately one day. The caterpillar's skin is shed for the last time as it passes from the larval (caterpillar) stage to the pupa (chrysalis) stage of metamorphosis. This time there is a jade green casing (chrysalis) under the caterpillar's skin. Immediately after the skin is shed, the inch long chrysalis is soft. Looking at the pupae, you can still see the ribbed body of the caterpillar inside. Then the chrysalis hardens to a beautiful jade green. Dramatic changes occur inside. The mouth parts transform from those needed for chewing into a straw-like tongue (proboscis) which the butterfly will need to sip nectar from flowers. Most Milkweeds contain cardiac glycosides which are stored in the bodies of both the caterpillar and adult butterfly. These poisons are distasteful and emetic to birds and other vertebrate predators. After tasting a Monarch, a predator might associate the bright warning colors of the adult or caterpillar with an unpleasant meal, and avoid Monarchs in the future. The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3?–4 in). (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger. Monarchs can be found in open areas in all regions of Florida year-round. Florida's Monarchs are unique in that they do not migrate out of the state during the winter (although they are thought to move further south when cold spells approach). In fact, Florida Monarchs are the most active and most visible here during the winter months. It is also thought that Monarchs from the Northeastern U.S. winter in Florida. It is presumed that these butterflies do not return to the north in spring, but their children do.. See my set, Lubbers, Butterflies and Bees. And Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Lesser Goldfinch in Cosmos Flowers
Lesser Goldfinch in Cosmos Flowers
I went to South Coast Botanical Gardens in Palos Verdes today! Oh my...what an array of some pretty nice pics...this is one of my favorites from the day...I was walking along a path...and first off..I was so happy to see lots of different types of Cosmos here...more to follow...anyway...I saw these purple ones and noticed some movement within them...Well! Was I ever surprised to discover Lesser Goldfinches within these Cosmos! I must have taken around 200 pics of them..and the whole time I worried cuz the light was pretty harsh..and shadows from stems and flowers..was not sure at all if they were gonna look any good...well...pretty bright and lucky that he posed and turned his head this way so that the sun lit up his dark head and eye..he has a little piece of flower stuff in his little (or kinda big actually) beak...And I have some I took from farther away...and in one a hummingbird is on the approach..although he is a bokeh hummingbird! Will probably post that one soon anyway as in it there is also a finch which I think is in focus..I am pretty tired as I walked around here for 5 hours taking pics and carrying two cameras and three lenses..and of course the 300mm which is heavy..and it was pretty warm, but not too bad. On the way out of there later...I missed a turn and drove up a hill on La Cienega to a dead end! Well..lucky me..a gorgeous view..with a layer of fog hanging above the I got out and took some wide angle shots up there too! and then an hour or so later I was home and exhausted! So...Abby....maybe we will go back next Saturday>>>(we should try to get there by 9am when they open..I didn't make it there til 11;30...just in time for the harsh light!...The dahlias were pretty but I didn't get that great of shots...cuz of the harsh light and all...But these Cosmos and the white/purple ones expecially are very pretty in pretty much any light..OH>>>and I got a ton of good shots of one of those orange dragonflies again...and water lilies..and what else..I forget...more flowers, etc...OH I am beat and sore! Have a gr8 start to the week everyone!

life cycle of a flower