Entomophily | definition of entomophily by Medical dictionary
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entomophily the POLLINATION of plants by insects. Such animal pollinators are one of the two main mechanisms for the transport of pollen to the stigma, the other being ANEMOPHILY. In entomophilous flowers the colours are adapted to their pollinators, for example, moths are mainly active at dusk and at night and they visit flowers that are mostly white; bees cannot see red and will visit mainly blue or yellow flowers. Many flowers have patterns visible only with ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT which insects (but not mammals) can detect. Deep flowers are pollinated by insects with long mouthparts, and short flowers by insects with short mouthparts, an example of COEVOLUTION of plants and insects.
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and nectar secretion in the dioecious gymnosperm Ephedra aphylla Forsk.
baldensis this advantage would appear to be entomophily
. The white, congested inflorescences of C.
(Bawa, 1979; Bawa et al., 1985a, 1985b).
Moreover, there is evidence that some degree of entomophily
is present in some early-diverging lineages with plumose stigmas.