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    What type of insects pollinate sarracenia flowers?

    My Sarracenia Alata flower has been open for several days, but I haven't seen a single insect come near it. Does anybody know what type of insects pollinate them or what time of day I should be looking for them? I'm hoping to get a picture.

    Today's weather is partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-70's so it seems like optimal spring weather.

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    I've seen bumble bees, mason bees and other small native bees at my flowers. Haven't noticed any other potential pollinators.

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    There are definitely plenty of those type of bees around, perhaps I just need more flowers to attract them? My rubra is in the process of opening and my leucophyla isn't far behind, though they are both much smaller flowers compared to the alata.

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    I get a lot of paper wasps checking out and buzzing around my sarr flowers. They just tend to love the plants in general. Also yellow jackets.
    Last edited by Iwest; 05-24-2014 at 03:12 PM.

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    I think all the native bees may be preoccupied with rhododendrons currently. They certainly love that shrub.

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    bumble bees by a big margin with mine...

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    I have to say I'm amazed that bumblebees can fit inside sarracenia flowers. Does anybody have a picture?

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    This paper looked at the insects entering the flowers on a population of Sarracenia purpurea

    Limits to reproductive success of Sarracenia purpurea (Sarraceniaceae)
    Authors: Gidi Ne'eman, Rina Ne'eman and Aaron M. Ellison
    http://www.amjbot.org/content/93/11/1660.full

    This 1908 article mentions a few possible pollinators also
    Pollination in Sarracenia
    From Pitcher plants III, Entomological News, Apr . 1908
    http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu...-in-sarracenia

    Bumble bees, smaller bees like sweat and mason bees, and sarcophagid flies (horse or deer flies) are the most likely suspects. Observed entering flowers and when captured covered with pollen.

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