Plant-Insect Interaction: Bees on purple loosestrife

While out hiking at Pinckney State Recreation Area here in Michigan I came across a lot of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythraceae) in the wetlands.  I also came across a lot of bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) feeding on the nectar of these plants and unwittingly pollinating them. Purple loosestrife is invasive and these bees were unfortunately helping to spread it. I can’t blame them, however, food is food.

Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) pollinating a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythraceae). Photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) pollinating a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythraceae). Photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) pollinating a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythraceae). Photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) pollinating a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria, Lythraceae). Photographed 08/18/2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, Michigan.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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