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Yellow Loosestrife and Hair-legged Mining Bees (Lysimachia and Macropis)


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Title Yellow Loosestrife and Hair-legged Mining Bees (Lysimachia and Macropis)
Alternative Title Gilbweiderich und Schenkelbiene
Title of Series Ölblumen und ölsammelnde Bienen
Number of Parts 3
Author Vogel, Stefan
Contributors Hard, Trude (Redaktion)
Stickan, Walter (Redaktion)
Yousefpour, Abbas (Schnitt)
Kemner, Klaus (Tonmischung)
Lechner, Kuno (Kamera, Schnitt)
License CC Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal and non-commercial purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.3203/IWF/W-7049eng
IWF Signature W 7049
Publisher IWF (Göttingen)
Release Date 2002
Language English
Producer IWF
Production Year 1992

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IWF Technical Data Video ; F, 16 min

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Subject Area Life Sciences
Abstract Close interrelations between plants and animals have developed during evolution. One form of symbiosis is common in South America and Africa and is extremely fascinating: some flowering plants don't offer nectar or pollen, but a fatty oil. These flowers are called "oil flowers". This interrelation is hardly known in Europe although it occurs between bees (Macropis) and their host plant, the Yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia). The film was shot in their natural habitat at the banks of the Rhine backwaters. By means of macrography and slow-motion all phases of the bees' complex collecting behaviour are documented, including their nests. The flower structure is explained in detail. The film exemplarily introduces the basic mechanisms of a plant-animal interaction and the close connection between form and function in an ecosystem.
Keywords pollination
plant ingredients
plant-animal interaction
Lysimachia vulgaris

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