<i>Reach for the sky, Pilgrim!</i>

During the day, the nectar-filled Palmer's Agave flowers are
visited by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, orioles, and even a few
normally nocturnal moths like the White-lined Sphinx.

Many daytime visitors to these flowers, especially the smaller ones like
nonnative honeybees that can slip into the flowers without touching the
anthers or pistils, are relatively poor pollinators of Palmer's Agave

Palmer's Agaves are chiropterophilous, meaning they are pollinated by bats.
Lesser Long-nosed Bats are more numerous here, which probably makes them
the most important pollinator species for Arizona's Palmer's Agaves.

July 13, 2008


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