Re: [beemonitoring] Monarchs/Butterflies/Skippers as pollinator s
- Let me see... here in coastal Southern Maine, we have much milkweed, and until last year (when I saw not a single imago in Yarmouth) Monarch butterflies - and larvae. The latter were all over some of the plants, including the inflorescences. Speaking from plumb ignorance, are insect larvae ever implicated in pollination (pollen/pollinia transfer, whatever)?I am particularly interested in the pollination of asclepiads (Hoya spp., several species of which I can get to bloom, but not set seed) kept indoors.Michael RiisagerSent from Windows MailOn 5/14/14 12:52 PM, 'Droege, Sam' sdroege@... [beemonitoring] wrote:1. Are monarchs transferring pollinia effectively on Milkweeds?2. Are monarchs significant pollinators in any situation?3. Does the average skipper and average butterfly play much of roll in pollination? Skippers are low slung enought that one would suspect they are better than butterflies...
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