Climate change: bees and orchids lose touch

Pat Willmer*

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Spring temperature increases could differentially affect flowering times and pollinator flight periods, leading to asynchrony and reduced pollination. A specialist orchid–bee study combining herbarium, museum and field data shows that bee flight dates are advancing faster than orchid flowering, which could lead to significant future uncoupling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1133-R1135
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Plant-pollinator interactions
  • Sexually deceptive orchids
  • Ophrys-sphegodes
  • Global change
  • Trends
  • Phenology
  • Diversity
  • Emission
  • Shifts


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