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Pinguicula ionantha

A syrphid fly — not a true pollinator — expressing interest in the palate hairs of Pinguicula ionantha. Immediately upon landing on the flower, it proceeded straight to the palate... and started to eat the palate hairs, as it appears. Considering the complex arrangement of the stigma and anthers of Pinguicula flowers, whether this fly will contribute to pollination is questionable. The palate hairs are food bodies (edible body tissues) of the flower, cheap decoys that lure non-pollinators away from the plant’s pollen (expensive) and delicate reproductive parts. I saw pollen (or powders) on the corolla lobes. Are these pollen of this flower, or pollen of some other unrelated flowers blooming nearby? In early March, Florida. 

 

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha

PHOTO: Pinguicula ionantha   

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