Competition between honey bees and wild bees and the role of nesting resources in a nature reserve

  title={Competition between honey bees and wild bees and the role of nesting resources in a nature reserve},
  author={Anika Hudewenz and Alexandra‐Maria Klein},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
  • A. Hudewenz, A. Klein
  • Published 17 November 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Insect Conservation
The European honey bee exploits floral resources efficiently and may therefore compete with solitary wild bees. Hence, conservationists and bee keepers are debating about the consequences of beekeeping for the conservation of wild bees in nature reserves. We observed flower-visiting bees on flowers of Calluna vulgaris in sites differing in the distance to the next honey-bee hive and in sites with hives present and absent in the Lüneburger Heath, Germany. Additionally, we counted wild bee ground… 

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