I went on an interpretive trail today and came across a wild flower sign. It said that some flower species evolved such that they can not be pollinated by humming birds as they are shaped such that only an insect proboscis could get into it. Why would a flower evolve in such a way? Wouldn't it be advantageous to take any pollinator?
An interpreter in the visitor center suggested it might be that the flower wants to save it's limited pollen for pollinators most likely to visit other families of its species. I'm not completely sure I buy this, as a pollinator willing to visit one flower of a species is likely to visit another flower of the same species. That said, I think he might have been on to something. Alternatively, this link made me think perhaps certain pollinators might damage the flower and it would want to discourage them.
This question goes beyond a flower co-evolving such that a particular organism could specialize in pollinating it; I'm curious why a flower would specifically evolve such that it could not be pollinated by a particular organism.