Pollinators show no preference between Goldenrod Plants and Aster Plants regardless of differences in flower length.
In this experiment, we observed the pollination of various plants by various pollinators in the Binghamton University Nature Preserve. We collected data by observing various plants by the pond trail area of the nature preserve and attempted to explain why some plants were structurally more attractive to pollinators than other plants. While observing a variety of plants, it became clear that the Goldenrod Plant and the Aster plant were the most attractive. This conclusion was drawn because they attracted the most pollinators. In fact, data collected of the other …show more content…
Although there was a difference in observed pollinator visits (35 for Goldenrod, 42 for Aster), our analysis shows that this difference was not significant enough for us to relate flower length to pollinator-plant attraction. Our original working hypothesis was that pollinators do show a preference between Aster plants and Goldenrod plants. We attributed longer flower lengths in the Aster plant to explain the greater number of pollinator visits. We reasoned that longer flower lengths were more attractive to pollinators because it gave pollinators more room to search for nectar inside the flower, as well as the ability for larger pollinators to spend more time pollinating a plant if it has more room to move around on. Although it seemed logical at the time, our working hypothesis has yet to be confirmed. For now we must conclude that flower length is not significant for affecting the preferences of a pollinator. Because Goldenrod and Aster plants have similar internal structures, it can be concluded that these internal structures play a larger role in attracting pollinators that flower length. Similarly, since the differences