Flower constancy of the stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini)

@inproceedings{White2001FlowerCO,
  title={Flower constancy of the stingless bee Trigona carbonaria Smith (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Meliponini)},
  author={Daniel White and Bronwen W. Cribb and Tim A. Heard},
  year={2001}
}
We tested the constancy of floral choice by Trigona carbonaria Smith in a garden by examining, using a scanning electron microscope, the composition of the pollen loads of individual foragers over time. Constancy was tested on three levels. Within a single trip, 88% of the samples examined comprised pure pollen loads (97% or more of one pollen type). Within a single day, 88% of bees visited the same species across trips sampled. Across 2 and 3 days, 82% and 73%, respectively, of individual bees… CONTINUE READING

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