Plant-Insect Interaction: Ant on a shrubby cinquefoil

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Ant visiting a shrubby cinquefoil flower. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

Shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa, Rosaceae) is an important source of food for many insects. Its wide distribution, cold-hardiness, and relatively long flowering period make it a reliable source of pollen and nectar for a variety of bees, wasps, butterflies, and even ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).

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Ant visiting a shrubby cinquefoil flower. Photographed 08/08/2014 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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