The raspy cricket Glomeremus was filmed removing pollen from an
Angraecum cadetii orchid and carrying it to another on the island of
Reunion in the Indian Ocean, said Claire Micheneau, a researcher with
the Royal Botanic Gardens in London.
The raspy cricket's presence was a surprise because the greenish-white orchid on other islands is pollinated by moths, Micheneau said in an issue of the Annals of Botany published Tuesday.
"Realizing that we had filmed a truly surprising shift in the pollination of Angraecum, a genus that is mainly specialized for moth pollination, was thrilling," she said.
Micheneau's research also revealed two other species of Reunion Island Angraecum orchids -- A. bracteosum and A. striatum -- were pollinated by two species of small white eye songbirds, Zosterops borbonicus and Zosterops olivaceus.
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