Preference of cabbage white butterflies and honey bees for nectar that contains amino acids

@article{Alm1990PreferenceOC,
  title={Preference of cabbage white butterflies and honey bees for nectar that contains amino acids},
  author={Janis Alm and Thomas E. Ohnmeiss and Janet Lanza and Lauren Vriesenga},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1990},
  volume={84},
  pages={53-57}
}
Amino acids occur in most floral nectars but their role in pollinator attraction is relatively unstudied. Nectars of butterfly-pollinated flower tend to have higher concentrations of amino acids than do flowers pollinated by bees and many other animals, suggesting that amino acids are important attractants of butterflies to flowers. In order to determine whether amino acids are important in attracting butterflies and bees, we tested the preference of cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) and… CONTINUE READING
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