Time-lapse cameras are uncovering how essential night-time visits from moths are for pollinating pink clover, a useful forage crop



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27 July 2022

The large yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba)

The big yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba) pollinates pink clover flowers at evening

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Spying on the nocturnal visits of moths to vegetation has uncovered the bugs’ neglected function in pollination.

Utilizing 15 time-lapse cameras, Jamie Alison at Aarhus College in Denmark and his colleagues have recorded what occurs in a meadow within the Swiss Alps, 24 hours a day, over a complete summer season. The workforce has discovered that moths account for 34 per cent of visits to pink clover (Trifolium pratense), a wildflower that may be a useful forage crop for …

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