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dc.contributor.authorBennett, Katherine F.
dc.contributor.authorEllison, Aaron
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-01T14:13:39Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationBennett, Katherine F. and Aaron M. Ellison. 2009. Nectar, not colour, may lure insects to their death. Biology Lettersen
dc.identifier.issn1744-9561en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2886296
dc.description.abstractWe experimentally demonstrate in the field that prey of the carnivorous plant <i>Sarracenia purpurea</i> are attracted to sugar, not to color. Prey capture (either all taxa summed or individual common taxa considered separately) was not associated with total red area or patterning on pitchers of living pitcher plants. We separated effects of nectar availability and coloration using painted “pseudopitchers”, half of which were coated with sugar solution. Unsugared pseudopitchers captured virtually no prey, whereas pseudopitchers with sugar solution captured the same amount of prey as living pitchers. In contrast to a recent study that associated red coloration with prey capture but that lacked controls for nectar availability, we infer that nectar, not color, is the primary means by which pitcher plants attract prey.en
dc.description.sponsorshipOrganismic and Evolutionary Biologyen
dc.description.sponsorshipOther Research Uniten
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherRoyal Publishing Societyen
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/en
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dc.subjectpredator-preyen
dc.subjectcoloren
dc.subjectcarnivorous plantsen
dc.subjectvisual signalingen
dc.subjectSarraceniaen
dc.titleNectar, Not Colour, May Lure Insects to Their Deathen
dc.relation.journalBiology Lettersen
dash.depositing.authorEllison, Aaron
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dash.contributor.affiliatedEllison, Aaron


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