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Butterflies As Pollinators

7-29-16  swallowtail in lily 086Butterflies pollinate during the day while most flowers are open and they have better color perception than bees or even humans, but they are less efficient than bees at moving pollen between plants.  Their legs and proboscis are longer and farther away from the flower’s pollen so they do not pick up as much pollen on their bodies.  They also lack specialized structures for collecting pollen. Nevertheless, it is hard to imagine that some of the Daylily pollen that has collected on this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail’s wings might not fall onto or be brushed against the stigma of the next Daylily it visits.

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4 responses

  1. Irma Graf

    Great picture, Mary!

    July 29, 2016 at 8:55 am


    I have just photographed a “stick” insect. What a funny looking creature! Do you want me to send it to you for a future post? G. Page

    July 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    • Thank you, Gail. I do have several photos of walkingsticks, but if you would like to email it to me at I would love to see it! Many thanks.

      July 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm

  3. Great photo!

    July 30, 2016 at 9:56 pm

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