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



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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