Flower visitation of Passiflora apetala, P. auriculata and P. holosericea (Passifloraceae) by Pepsis aquila (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)

  • William Ramírez-Benavides | william.ramirez.benavides@gmail.com Universidad de Costa Rica, Facultad de Ciencias Agroalimentarias, Escuela de Agronomía, San José, Costa Rica.
  • Sergio Jansen-Gonzàles Museo de Zoología, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.

Abstract

Pepsis aquila (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) is reported as an assiduous flower visitor and possible pollinator of Passiflora apetala, P. auriculata and P. holosericea in Costa Rica. The vertex and scutellum of P. aquila becomes abundantly covered with pollen while collecting the nectar from the cup nectaries of Passiflora. The Passiflora visited by P. aquila share some floral characteristics with previously reported plants pollinated by pompilids in Africa.

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2018-06-29
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Short Scientific Notes
Keywords:
pollination, Pepsis, Passiflora spp
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Ramírez-Benavides, W., & Jansen-Gonzàles, S. (2018). Flower visitation of Passiflora apetala, P. auriculata and P. holosericea (Passifloraceae) by Pepsis aquila (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 50(1), 57-59. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2018.286