Pollinating With Flies

Flowering plants are associated with bees in our popular culture. Flowers primarily pollinated by bees often have bright colors and a sweet odor. However, many other insects such as flies are important pollinators . Flowers primarily pollinated by flies produce odors that attract flies. The corpse flower, is fly pollinated and produces an odor only a fly could love. The odor is often described as resembling a rotting corpse.

Corpse flowers are some of the largest flowers. Some conservatories in the US can grow and maintain these exotic plants but they rarely bloom. The blooms last only a couple of days.  This summer in the US corpse flowers are blooming in two locations: New York Botanical Gardens in NYC and another in the Jordan Greenhouse on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN. The IU flower started blooming yesterday and may continue to bloom through Sunday. That is it. You must hurry if you want to witness the sights and smells in person.

Flower

Screen Shot of Indiana U Copse Flower; Live Feed Time: 2:50 pm July 30, 2016

For those preferring to view from afar, IU has its LiveCam focused on the flower.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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