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    cp's glow blue to attract prey

    this is probably a repost since i always seem to be too late...http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21459520
    So many plants...so little time

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    thats so cool

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    Wow, that's awesome! I'll see my N. khasiana in a whole new light now...No pun intended...Not to mention my other plants.
    I know others have tried doing similar tests for UV reflectance in CP's but haven't gotten quite such magnificent results. I wonder what they did differently? Probably just better, more precise equiptment.
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    Wow this is amazing! I can't wait to get a gracilis and shine a blacklight on it!

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    I'm getting a blacklight now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BioZest View Post
    Wow this is amazing! I can't wait to get a gracilis and shine a blacklight on it!
    What they show as N. gracilis in the article looks a heck of a lot like N. ventricosa or burkei. But hey, gracilis probably glows too

    However, humans cannot see in the UV spectrum, so you still wouldn't see anything with a black light.

    Edit: the images produced in the article are made using special UV filters/ UV sensitive camera (not sure on the details with that) which are then rendered into colors we can see. You won't be able to see that with your naked eye.
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    Correction: I should have said that you are not sure to see anything (you may, yet you may not). Just because you won't see the UV doesn't mean that the plant doesn't also reflect light in the far blue and violet wavelengths (not quite UV) which you would be able to see .

    Just like when you put a black light up to a scorpion and it glows, you're not seeing it reflect UV (though it ALSO reflects UV), your seeing it reflect far blue and violet wavelengths which are still in our visual range. It's possible some CP's will act the same way, but don't necesarrily count on it is all I'm saying.

    Does anyone who already owns a blacklight want to test this out on a few of their plants before everyone starts buying blacklights ?
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    Ok...So i must further correct myself. Thanks for bearing with me on this, and hopefully we all learn something from this, lol.

    Regarding glowing scorpions: Upon further research, scorpions aren't merely reflecting light in certain wavelengths, they actually GLOW (fluoresce) when exposed to UV light. Specialized proteins in their exoskeleton react in the presence of UV light causing them to glow a ghostly green. So, you're not seeing the UV, but the glow is TRIGGERED by the UV. I didn't know that before. Learn something new every day...

    In regards to the plants: I don't know what to expect. You might get a better idea by reading the original scientific paper cited by the BBC article (Link to abstract here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...709.x/abstract) , but I'm not going to do that now, lol.

    As you can see, I'm very particular about my facts, lol.

    Carry on...
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