Flowers and their insect visitors in the arid winter rainfall region of southern Africa : Observations on permanent plots. Composition of the anthophilous insect fauna

Author: 
Struck, M
Publisher: 
Journal of Arid Environments
Publication Year: 
1994
Description: 
The composition of the anthophilous insect fauna of a plant community in the north-western Cape, South Africa, has been investigated. During a 3-year survey more than 300 species belonging to four orders and 41 families have been identified as day-active floral visitors. The vast majority are solitary bees (136 spp.), but masarine wasps (14 spp.), bombyliid flies (53 spp.), and monkey beetles (20 spp.) are also well represented. The anthophilous insect fauna of Goegab appears to be far more diverse than those of desert scrub communities in California and Chile, but equally diverse as that of a Californian Chaparral site. Compared to the latter, Goegab seems to be particularly rich in bee flies, Masarinae and possibly Eumenidae, but poorer in bees and butterflies.
Name of Journal: 
Journal of Arid Environments
Volume: 
28
Number: 
1
Pages: 
45-50
Resource Type: 
Text
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
Grassland Society of Southern Africa

The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include, amongst others, ecology, botany zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics. This collection includes journal articles from the African Journal of Range and Forage Science as well as related articles and reports from throughout the Southern African region.