Why do fig wasps actively pollinate monoecious figs?

  title={Why do fig wasps actively pollinate monoecious figs?},
  author={Emmanuelle Jousselin and Martine Hossaert-McKey and E. Herre and Finn Kjellberg},
Active pollination, although rare, has been documented in a few pollination mutualisms. Such behaviour can only evolve if it benefits the pollinator in some way. The wasps that pollinate Ficus inflorescences can be active or passive pollinators. They lay their eggs in fig flowers, so that a proportion of flowers will host a wasp larva instead of a seed. We show in an actively pollinated monoecious fig that lack of pollination does not induce fig abortion or affect wasp offspring size but… CONTINUE READING