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Plant 1 - Bee pollinating system - Beginning | by Sabrina Kesler
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Plant 1 - Bee pollinating system - Beginning

A. Two types of pollinators visited this plant, bees and flies, but very dominantly bees.

B. Yes. Purple flowers with decent size landing areas should attract bees.

C. approximately 2X4 = 8 bees per hour per flower and maybe one fly per flower per hour. There were actually many more bees on other surrounding flowers of this particular plant.

D. Bees were the prominent pollinator and there were around 8 per hour.

E. This site was lower. However, there were many flowers at this site, and the plant as a unit was visited well over 10 pollinators per hour.

F. Of course pollination can serve as a proxy for other ecological services. If plants are dependent on pollinators for reproduction, then pollinators indirectly influence things like air quality and soil production. For example, because plants are responsible for the oxygen in the air and for consuming much of the CO2 in the air, it is easy to see how pollinators that aid in the proliferation of new plants serve as a proxy for alternate ecological services.

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Taken on May 9, 2012