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Flower Basking by Arctic Insects

Nature volume 206, page 215 (10 April 1965) | Download Citation

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DURING observations on insect–flower relationships at Lake Hazen, Ellesmere Island (81° 49′ N, 71° 20′ W) we were struck by the fact that both males and females of the mosquitoes Aëdes nigripes Zett. and Aëdes impiger (Walker) spent up to 13 min at a time in the flowers of several plants, but especially Dryas integrifolia M. Vahl, although we know from other work that they could feed to repletion on nectar in 2–3 min. Noting, too, the almost paraboloid shape of these and some other flowers that face the Sun throughout the 24 h, we postulated that this habit had a thermal significance1.

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    , Bee World, 42, 87 (1961).

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  1. Department of Entomology, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

    • B. HOCKING
    •  & C. D. SHARPLIN

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