oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Insects in association with the inflorescence of Protea repens (L.) (Proteaceae) and their role in pollination
|Article Title||Insects in association with the inflorescence of Protea repens (L.) (Proteaceae) and their role in pollination|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 *Horticultural Research Institute, Pretoria. **Department of Entomology, University of Stellenbosch|
|Publication Date||Sep 1985|
|Pages||303 - 314|
|Keyword(s)||Apis mellifera honey bee, Coleoptera-species, Illustrations, Inflorescence, Insect pollen vectors, lridomyrmex humilis ant, Pollination of proteas, Protea beetle Trichostetha fascicularis and Self-sterile|
A survey was carried out on insects found in the inflorescences of Protea repens (L.) L. which flowers between March and July in the Western Cape. A total of 45 insect species was recorded of which 32 were Coleoptera. Chirodica spp.(Halticidae) comprised 70% of all the insects found. Experiments show that small beetles are important vectors of protea pollen a role hitherto attributed only to birds, rodents and large beetles.
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