Pollinator Preference 2021

Ecology, Reproductive Biology, Plant Traits

Pollinator gardens are a valuable resources to a diverse array of insects. The different interaction that will occur between plants and visiting insects will depend on presentation and accessibility of the plants floral resources to the visitor. Studies of these network of interactions allow us to identify if some plant species are attractive to many species, which would indicate that it is a generalist pollination system, or if it has a few unique visitors, suggesting it has a specialized pollination system. Similarly, we can determine if some insect can use many resources (generalist) or prefers a few specifics species to get most of what it needs (specialist). This study will look at how insect preferences vary over time and if they are impacted by specialization and niche overlap.