Behavior of bumble bee pollinators of Aralia hispida Vent. (Araliaceae)

@article{Thomson1982BehaviorOB,
  title={Behavior of bumble bee pollinators of Aralia hispida Vent. (Araliaceae)},
  author={James D. Thomson and Wayne P Maddison and R. C. Plowright},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1982},
  volume={54},
  pages={326-336}
}
The andromonoecious plant Aralia hispida has a complicated blooming schedule involving alternations between male and female phases.Nectar and pollen are released gradually through the day. Plants vary considerably in number of flowers per umbel and number of umbels per plant. The major pollinators, bumble bees, show several characteristic behaviors in response to the plant's presentation. 1. Foraging bees preferentially visit umbels that bear large numbers of open, male-phase flowers. They also… CONTINUE READING
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