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Thread: What type of insects pollinate sarracenia flowers?

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    I guess they don't fit, but they sure try. Thanks for all the information!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimbulan View Post
    I guess they don't fit, but they sure try. Thanks for all the information!
    From the paper linked above:
    Limits to reproductive success of Sarracenia purpurea (Sarraceniaceae)
    The bumblebee Bombus affinis Cresson demonstrated a high degree of floral fidelity and visited a number of S. purpurea flowers during a single observation bout (0.5 0.25, range = 0–6 visits, flower−1  h−1). This bumblebee would enter a flower and leave a few seconds later carrying virtually all the available pollen.
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    Ah I was just watching the video. The bumblebee there kept poking its head in but couldn't figure out how to get inside. I see from Cthulhu138's pictures that if they can figure out how to get underneath the flower petal they can get in.

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    And that's how the flower is designed to work, mostly. They squeeze between petals and thereby brush right over the stigma, depositing pollen, and to leave they exit under a petal, between the stigmas, to avoid self-pollination.
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