Diet breadth, coexistence and rarity in bumblebees

  title={Diet breadth, coexistence and rarity in bumblebees},
  author={Dave Goulson and Gillian C. Lye and Ben Darvill},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
Factors that determine the relative abundance of bumblebee species remain poorly understood, rendering management of rare and declining species difficult. Studies of bumblebee communities in the Americas suggest that there are strong competitive interactions between species with similar length tongues, and that this competition determines the relative abundance of species. In contrast, in Europe it is common to observe several short-tongued species coexisting with little or no evidence for… CONTINUE READING
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