Crocus thomasii fragrance

Jim McKenney
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 07:47:04 PST
Arnold, when I used the terms primary pollinator and secondary pollinator, I
was using them in a purely de facto sense: by primary pollinator, I meant
whatever pollinator plays the most important role in the survival of a
species; by secondary pollinator I meant whichever other ones play (or have
played) a role. 

You seem to be aware of an existing breakdown of pollinators into primary
(bees) and others (secondary). That is not what I was thinking of. 

Aren't bees also attracted by fragrances? I know that sight is important to
them, that they see flowers differently than we do, that flowers have bee
guides and other patterns visible in UV light, but I thought scent was
important, too.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where - and it's amazing to
me - we have bees this week! The local bee population tanked years ago, and
bees are no more common now here than bison. 

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