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  Orontium Pollinators
From: michael kolaczewski <mjkolaffhbc at sbcglobal.net> on 2011.04.07 at 07:06:25(22006)
Greetings Jason,

While it is early in the season, there are many insects out here

in Northern Illinois, searching for flowering plants.

Right now here where I live Symplocarpus ( Skunk Cabbage )

is blooming. It is visted by flies, beetles, and honey bees. There

are also many small Midge like insects out as well.

While bees may linger over flowers and are often easy to observe,

some of these other insects dart in and out, may be much

smaller in size, and not be as noticeable.

My observations of a plant with a similar structure, Acorus, is the

reason I mention this. Good luck with your "Pollinator Hunt ".

Thank you for posting this on the forum.

Michael

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From: cgdz33a at aol.com on 2011.04.08 at 10:57:35(22011)
For a few seasons I was doing some work on a large patch of planted Orontium (now gone) involving an attempt to determine the pollinator(s). I had caged the flower spikes using different grade meshes, then fully covered them and still got close to the same amount of pollination. I eliminated most of the pollinationby using thin gauge copper wire that i spiralled around the base of the spike, preventing the constant trail of snails which i observed on the spikes. Not definitive, but they could be playing a role. If soneone wants to locate sone good patches ahead of next spring id be happy to work with setting up the same protocol and getting this straightened out.. May be a good Masters project for a student.

Eric C Morgan

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