Oriental poppy and crab spider

Oriental poppy and crab spider

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Caption: Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale), white variety. At the centre of the flower is a large compound ovary (green with purple stigmatic surfaces on its tip). This is surrounded by dark stamens which produce large quantities of pollen. P. orientale does not produce nectar, instead it relies on its pollen and colourful petals to attract bees, which are the pollinators of the plant. Standing on the ovary is a crab spider (Misumena vatia). This arachnid hides in flowers waiting for prey. The crab spider injects its caught prey with a lethal poison before sucking out the contents of the prey's body.

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