Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Bees are essential: Pollination of squashes, gourds and pumpkins

Authors

A. E. Michelbacher
Ray F. Smith
P. D. Hurd

Authors Affiliations

A. E. Michelbacher is Entomologi. Emeritus, Department of Entomology an Parasitology, University of Californic Berkeley; Ray F. Smith is Entomologisi, Department of Entomology an Parasitology, University of Californic Berkeley; P. D. Hurd, Jr., is Associate Entc mologist, Department of Entomology an Parasitology, University of Californic Berkeley.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 18(5):2-4. DOI:10.3733/ca.v018n05p2. May 1964.

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Abstract

Squash and related plants of the genus Cucurbita are monoecious, having both male (staminate) and female flowers (pistillate) on the same plant. To insure fertilization under natural conditions, pollen from the male flower must be carried to the stigma of the female flower by insects. Although other insects, including cucumber, scarab, and meloid beetles, flies and moths are also involved, bees are the major pollinators.

Michelbacher A, Smith R, Hurd P. 1964. Bees are essential: Pollination of squashes, gourds and pumpkins. Hilgardia 18(5):2-4. DOI:10.3733/ca.v018n05p2
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