Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology, published “Pollination of Dionaea Muscipula, The Venus Flytrap,” in the current issue of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. With his co-researcher, Bill Scholl, they describe in detail the timing of stages in flower opening and shedding of pollen. Bumblebees and solitary bees were found to be the pollinators. Dr. Susan Verhoek, professor emerita of biology, and Dr. Allan F. Wolfe, professor emeritus of biology, consulted on the study.
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Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology, discussed his research, including that the Venus flytrap actually isn’t primarily a fly-eater, with George Weigel, PennLive’s gardening expert. In “A bad new bug, a glowing plant, and flytraps without flies: The latest in gardening research,” Dr. Williams notes that Venus flytrap’s do eat flies, but only when they are a last choice option.