Story: Wasps and bees

Pollinating mistletoe

In this video a native Leioproctus bee is opening a Peraxilla tetrapetala mistletoe bud. It bites the tip of the bud, causing the flower to spring open and expose its pollen and nectar, both of which the bee collects. The main pollinators of mistletoe are bellbirds and tūī, but in some places introduced pests have reduced their numbers. These bees are important for the survival of the mistletoe.

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John Early, 'Wasps and bees - Native bees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/11156/pollinating-mistletoe (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007