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Insect Visitors Of Cirsium Pitcheri, A Threatened And Endemic Dune Species, In Relation To Annual Weather Variation, Jordan M. Marshall Jan 2018

Insect Visitors Of Cirsium Pitcheri, A Threatened And Endemic Dune Species, In Relation To Annual Weather Variation, Jordan M. Marshall

The Great Lakes Entomologist

Cirsium pitcheri (Torr. ex Eaton) Torr. & A. Gray (Pitcher’s thistle) is a threatened herbaceous plant endemic to sand dune ecosystems along Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior in North America. Habitat for this plant is limited to active dunes with moving sand. I observed floral visitors of C. pitcheri in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park, and calculated frequency and density of visitor families. Additionally, I tested for relationships between visitor counts and previous growing season mean temperature and precipitation. Formicidae, Anthomyiidae, and Cecidomyiidae were the most frequent families. However, Apidae was the only family correlated with ...