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Case Study: Pollination of the Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) by the Solitary Bee (Andrena nigroaenea)

Author(s): Anna Monfils1, Debra Linton1

Central Michigan University

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Summary:
The research uses natural history collection data to explore a potential phenological shift between an orchid that employs sexual deception and a solitary bee.

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This case study builds from research conducted on the relationship between spider orchids and solitary bees. The research uses natural history collection data to explore a potential phenological shift between an orchid that employs sexual deception and a solitary bee.

 

Students completing this exercise will be able to:

  1. Appy knowledge of plant form and function to identify plant sexual structures.
  2. Measure shifts in the timing of plant flowering due to climate change.
  3. Predict the effects of phenology shifts on plant/pollinator interactions.
  4. Investigate publicly available biodiversity datasets when addressing a relevant scientific question or problem

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Image Source: "Ophrys sphegodes 6" by Emilio Esteban-Infantes is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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