Move over, bees: The lowly weevil is a power pollinator

Friday, May 26, 2023 - 11:16 in Biology & Nature

The weevil Anchylorhynchus trapezicollis is the main pollinator of South American palm Syagrus coronata. Here, the weevil is seen on a female flower, touching the receptive parts and leaving pollen grains in the process. Bruno de Medeiros When it comes to the critical process of pollination, butterflies and especially bees are typically the most lauded participants. These pollinators fly from flower to flower to feed and fertilize plants by spreading pollen around. But, these fluttery creatures are far from the only species that help flowers reproduce and bloom. It turns out that some of nature’s most unsung and diverse pollinators are a type of long-snouted beetles called weevils. [Related: Build a garden that’ll have pollinators buzzin’.] A study published May 25 in the journal Peer Community in Ecology wiggles into the world of...

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