Biotope Associations and the Decline of Bumblebees (Bombus spp.)

  title={Biotope Associations and the Decline of Bumblebees (Bombus spp.)},
  author={Dave Goulson and Mick E. Hanley and Ben Darvill and Jonathan S. Ellis},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
Much of the ecology of rare bumblebee species remains poorly understood and in need of further study. It has recently been suggested that differences in the range and rate of decline among bumblebee species may relate to differences in their degree of habitat specialization. We examine biotope use by 17 bumblebee species in the Hebrides, southern UK and South Island, New Zealand. We identify a cluster of widespread and abundant species that occur in almost all biotopes and exploit man-made… CONTINUE READING

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