Wanted: flowering plants with weaver ants visited by pollinators

Rodríguez-Gironés, a visiting researcher in Richard Corlett’s laboratory gave a lovely seminar last week about evolution in pollination networks. It began with an overview of the larger subject and went on to mention and discuss ideas he and his team have grappled with over the years, including mentions why so many bird flowers are red, the evolution of nectar concealment and the evolution of deep corolla tubes.

At the end of the seminar he asked for help for studies he is currently engaged in. I figured the macro-photography nature community as well as the plant and insect naturalists might be able to help him. Here is his “Wanted Poster” with some details:

“Please let us know if you happen to see plants satisfying the following conditions:

  • The plants are flowering now.
  • The flowers are visited by pollinators (bees, flies, moths…) sufficiently often that you will see some pollinators visiting the plant if you observe it for a couple of minutes.
  • There are weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) at the plant or its immediate vicinity.

Please send us a brief note (to rgirones@eeza.csic.es) or give us a call (on 9690 4531; ask for Ahimsa) to let us know

  • the plant species (if known),
  • the precise location, and
  • the time of day at which you noticed that the flowers were visited by pollinators.

Thank you very much for your help!”

Miguel

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