Category: Plants, Algae, & Fungi

The Nectar Thief

Spencer Goyette

While looking at lichens on a ridge system outside of Nanaimo I saw this hairy manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana) whose flowers had been hole-punched by a nectar robbing insect. This interesting foraging behaviour bypasses the plant-pollinator mutualism to the obvious benefit of the insect. Curiously enough, some flowers were untouched.