Bromeliad Biota

Some of the animals and insects that visit our bromeliads

This page is intended to show you some of the animals and insects that visit and live with our bromeliads. Most of these visitors do no harm and actually help the bromeliad by leaving behind nutrients that the bromeliad can feed on. Some of these critters come by because they are attracted to the pollen on the flowers, water in the bromeliad, or other insects that are on or in the plant; others may be just passing by, and the bromeliad is on their route. Some of these creatures may not qualify as 'Bromeliad biota' in the strictest sense because they do not depend solely on the bromeliad for their existence. Example: yes, 'Lagarta na folha' is on a bromeliad leaf, but there are not chew marks on the leaf -- so was the caterpillar just walking around (yes, many will do that especially when they are fully grown and looking for a pupation site) or does it eat bromeliad leaves? If so, of which bromeliad(s)?

The quote below, from Dr. J. Howard Frank, gives one explanation of Bromeliad Biota. If you are more interested in the science, please visit Dr. Frank's site listed below. If you want to look at pictures, you have come to the right place. If you have photos of your own that you would like to share, you can email them to webmaster@fcbs.org.

"A few hundred species of animals and plants are known to science to depend to a greater or lesser extent on bromeliads as a place in which to live, or as food. These few hundred species probably are a small fraction of those that exist, because these animals and plants, together called the bromeliad biota (the word biota means all living organisms, regardless of whether they are animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, or viruses), are yet poorly studied by biologists and there is an enormous amount of research left to do. It would not be surprising if there are more species of these organisms than there are of bromeliads."
Dr. J. Howard Frank
from his web site Bromeliad Biota

 

From Brazil.                                              Photos by Oscar Ribeiro of Bromeliario Imperialis
Brazilian bee
Brazilian bee
Grasshopper
Gafanhoto
Caterpillar on leaf
Lagarta na folha
Caterpillar on leaf
Lagarta na folha
Mosquito
Mosquito
Please do not disturb
Please do not disturb
Spider
Spider
stumps
Stumps*
*This one is called 'Stumps' because to an Aussie this means 'End of Cricket'
Colorful fly
Mosca colorida
Bee in the flower
Abelha na flor
Cockroach
Cockroach
Insect
Inseto
Golden lizard
Lagarto dourado
Golden lizard
Lagarto dourado
Fly
Mosca
Pterosauro-imperialis!!!
Pterosauro-imperialis!!!
Tadpole
Tadpole
Dragonfly
Libélula
Dragonfly closeup
Libélula
Large Wasp - Marimbondo
Large Wasp - Marimbondo
Mother and son
Mãe e filho
Hello
Hello!
Mosca grande
Mosca grande
Besouro
Besouro
Mosca colorida
Mosca colorida
Mosquito
Mosquito
Lagarto-na-pedra
Lagarto-na-pedra
Lagarto-na-pedra
Lagarto-na-pedra
Sun is for all
Sun is for all
Arte natural
Arte natural
What is this?
What is this?
Answer to what is this.
Answer to what is this.
Besouro em Alcantarea imperialis
Besouro em Alcantarea imperialis
Bee in Alcantarea odorata
Bee in Alcantarea odorata
Newly born Mosquito
Newly born Mosquito
Visitante
Visitante

 

From Florida.                                                                       Photos by Michael & Karen Andreas
Ants
Ants
Native Florida Anole
Native Florida Anole
Stripes
Unknown
I call it Stripes
Wasp
Wasp
The snake and the frog
The snake and the frog
All I got was the foot!
All I got was the foot!
Where did that frog go?
Where did that frog go?
Sleeping dragonfly on Tillandsia flexuosa flower
Sleeping dragonfly on
T. flexuosa flower

From Florida.
Ribbon snake
Ribbon snake
Photo by Jim Boynton
Zebra butterfly
Zebra butterfly
Photo by George Aldrich

From Pukekohe, New Zealand                     Photo by Alex Schanzer
Green bell frog
Green bell frog

From Australia                     
Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner, native Australian bird
pollinating flower of Aechmea 'Midnight Special'
Photo by Kerry Booth Tate
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Photo by G. Martinelli
Butterfly and Billbergia nutans
Butterfly
Photo by Wilson Fernandes
Hummingbird and Gravisia
Hummingbird and Gravisia
Photo by Joe Misiaszek


From Mexico                     
Hummingbird on Ananas
Hummingbird on Ananas
Photo by Roberto Medina


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