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Pollination and Floral Ecology$
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Pat Willmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128610

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.001.0001

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Generalist Flowers and Generalist Visitors

Generalist Flowers and Generalist Visitors

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(p.288) Chapter 12 Generalist Flowers and Generalist Visitors
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Pollination and Floral Ecology
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Pat Willmer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.003.0012

This chapter focuses on generalist flowers and generalist visitors. There are regular flower visitors that spend some part of most of their adult lives feeding in flowers, and they can be seen as a generalist flower visitor cohort, constituting a predictable part of the visitor spectrum of some kinds of flowers. These regular visitors include a range of beetles, and some social and solitary wasps, together with a few more unusual taxa. Inevitably they generate extremely varied visitation patterns. The chapter examines the shared characteristics of visitors and the flowers that they frequent: these include beetles, wasps, ants, and thrips. The chapter considers other insects such as cockroaches, grasshoppers, and bugs.

Keywords:   generalist flower, generalist visitor, flower visitor, visitation pattern, beetle, wasp, ant, thrip, insect, grasshopper

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