Bumblebees avoid flowers containing evidence of past predation events

@inproceedings{Abbott2006BumblebeesAF,
  title={Bumblebees avoid flowers containing evidence of past predation events},
  author={K. R. AbbottK.R. Abbott},
  year={2006}
}
Bees are at risk of predation from flower-dwelling ambush predators. Since these predators tend to be cryptic, bees trying to mitigate predation risk may need to make use of indirect cues of the predator’s presence. For example, they may use cues of past predation events as indirect cues of current predation risk. I conducted a series of experiments that examined how bumblebees (genus Bombus Latreille, 1802) respond to cues of past predation events. In two field experiments, I found that wild… CONTINUE READING

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