• C Subba Reddi

      Articles written in Proceedings – Animal Sciences

    • Bee-flower interactions and pollination potential

      C Subba Reddi E U B Reddi

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      This article presents the recent trends in describing the bee-blossom relationships, in interpreting the bees foraging behaviour on the basis of optimal foraging theory and the nature of floral resource, the role of pollinator behaviour such as trap-lining, opportunism, territorial aggression, group foraging in determining the genetic make-up of the bee pollinated plants, and considering the pollination from the ecosystem point of view. The idea that honey bees and other social bees are adequate enough to pollinate the crops is considered as premature, and detailed studies to explore the pollination potential of wild bees together with their conservation and management are suggested.

    • Butterflies and pollination biology

      C Subba Reddi G Meera Bai

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      Most butterflies with the characteristic long proboscis feed on floral nectar, and theHeliconius butterfly feed on pollen as well. They rely mostly on flower colour for locating and identifying the flowers. While foraging on nectar, they carry pollen on their body parts. Evidence is available indicating that the flower-visiting butterflies need not function in every case as pollinators.Leptidea synapis forages at the flowers ofViola andLathyrus without performing the reciprocal pollination service. The butterflies as a group have the tendency to visit a few flowers on a plant and then fly to another plant with the result of maximising xenogamy. The need for detailed studies over different geographical regions is stressed to fully evaluate the role of butterflies as pollen vectors.

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