Flower-Visiting Insects
of Virginia Meadow Beauty


Rhexia virginica (Virginia Meadow Beauty)
(the flowers are nectarless; bees collect pollen through buzz-pollination of the flowers; Syrphid flies feed on stray pollen and are non-pollinating, while wasps, butterflies, and skippers search the flowers vainly for nectar and are non-pollinating; bumblebees are the primary pollinators of the flowers; observations are from Larson & Barrett)

Bees (long-tongued)
Apidae (Bombini): Bombus affinis cp, Bombus bimaculatus cp fq, Bombus impatiens cp fq, Bombus perplexus cp, Bombus ternarius cp, Bombus terricola cp, Bombus vagans cp; Anthophordiae (Ceratinini): Ceratina sp. cp; Megachilidae (Megachilini): Megachile sp. cp

Bees (short-tongued)
Halictidae: Augochorella striata cp, Lasioglossum sp. cp, Lasioglossum pilosus pilosus cp

Wasps
Vespidae: Dolichovespula arenaria exp np

Flies
Syrphidae: Eupeodes americanus fsp np, Helophilus fasciatus fsp np, Lejops stipatus fsp np, Pipiza sp. fsp np, Syritta pipiens fsp np, Syrphus ribesii fsp np, Toxomerus geminatus fsp np, Tropidia quadrata fsp np

Butterflies
Nymphalidae: Speyeria cybele exp np; Pieridae: Pieris rapae exp np

Skippers
Hesperiidae: Unidentified sp. exp np


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