05 February, 2018

Visitation frequencies of bumblebees and swallowtail butterflies to flowers of Rhododendron

by Keigo Takahashi, Takao Itino

A queen of Bombus diversus visiting Rhododendron japonicum flower
Relationships between flower visitor composition and floral traits help us to understand floral evolution. Swallowtail butterflies have been assumed to be the main pollinators of Rhododendron kaempferi and R. japonicum based on their floral shapes, and R. kaempferi was reported to be pollinated by butterflies in southern Japan. In the mountains of central and northern Japan, however, bumblebees are abundant and candidate pollinators of Rhododendron.
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Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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