Re: What Plants are ONLY pollinated by native bees and not by honeyb
- According to Darwin (Chuck) bumble bees (humble bees) were the primary pollinators of heartsease (viola tricolor) and red clover (Trifolium Pratense). http://strathconabeekeepers.blogspot.ca/2012/12/charles-darwin-and-bumblebee-humble-bee.html Bruce.
- Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) is quite similar as bumble bees must push their way into the flowers and possibly fit the architecture such that they do provide pollination. Many small natives also visit, but I wonder if they pollinate this plant.MaryOn Jan 5, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Elaine Evans wrote:
Sounds like an interesting exhibit and a fun challenge.My favorite example of a plant only pollinated by a native due to morphological exclusion is the closed bottle gentian, Gentiana andrewsii. The petals never open broadly and it seems that only bumble bees are strong enough to force their way in to get the nectar. It's a great one to wow people with as it is very amusing to watch the bees disappear into the flower and then make their way out.-ElaineElaine EvansPhD Student, Dept of EntomologyUniversity of Minnesota219 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell AveSaint Paul MN 55108612-625-5764 evan0155@...