Foraging Distances of Bombus muscorum, Bombus lapidarius, and Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera, Apidae)

  title={Foraging Distances of Bombus muscorum, Bombus lapidarius, and Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera, Apidae)},
  author={Kerstin Walther-Hellwig and Robert Frankl},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
Foraging behavior of bumblebees has been studied so far mainly on a small scale like single flowers or patches of flowers (e.g., Heinrich, 1976, 1979a, 1979c; Thomson et al., 1987; Sowig, 1989; Kwak et al., 1991; Dukas and Real, 1993; Creswell et al., 1995; Jones, 1997; Goulson et al., 1998). Few studies investigated foraging flight distances of bumblebees on a landscape scale and results differed according the question whether or not bumblebees forage close to the nest (Bowers, 1985; Dramstad… 
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