Flower-Visiting Insects
of Pink Lady's Slipper


Cypripedium acaule (Pink Lady's Slipper)
(bees and other insects are lured to the showy and fragrant flower of this orchid by deception, as it provides neither nectar nor accessible pollen; the moth was resting on the lip of the flower; observations are from Plowright et al., Davis, Stoutamire, and Barrett & Helenurm; according to Davis, pollinators are primarily queen bumblebees)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Bombini): Bombus spp. exp (Dv), Bombus borealis exp (Stm), Bombus vagans exp (Plw, Stm, BH), Psithyrus ashtoni exp (Dv); Anthophoridae (Anthophorinae): Anthophora terminalis exp np (Stm)

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae (Halictinae): Augochlorella striata exp np (Stm)

Flies
Syrphidae: Rhingia nasica exp fq np (Stm)

Moths
Geometridae: Tetracis cachexiata rst np (Stm)

Beetles
Staphylinidae: Eusphalerum spp. fq exp np (BH)


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