An interspecific comparison of foraging range and nest density of four bumblebee (Bombus) species.

  title={An interspecific comparison of foraging range and nest density of four bumblebee (Bombus) species.},
  author={Mairi E. Knight and Andrew P. Martin and Sylvia Bishop and Juliet L Osborne and Roddy J. Hale and Roy Sanderson and Dave Goulson},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={14 6},
Bumblebees are major pollinators of crops and wildflowers in northern temperate regions. Knowledge of their ecology is vital for the design of effective management and conservation strategies but key aspects remain poorly understood. Here we employed microsatellite markers to estimate and compare foraging range and nest density among four UK species: Bombus terrestris, Bombus pascuorum, Bombus lapidarius, and Bombus pratorum. Workers were sampled along a 1.5-km linear transect across arable… CONTINUE READING
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