Foraging by Male and Female Solitary Bees with Implications for Pollination

  title={Foraging by Male and Female Solitary Bees with Implications for Pollination},
  author={Gidi Ne’eman and Ofrit Shavit and Liora Shaltiel and Avi Shmida},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
Both male and female solitary bees visit flowers for rewards. Sex related differences in foraging efficiency may also affect their probability to act as pollinators. In some major genera of solitary bees, males can be identified from a distance enabling a comparative foraging-behavior study. We have simultaneously examined nectar foraging of males and females of three bee species on five plant species in northern Israel. Males and females harvested equal nectar amounts but males spent less time… CONTINUE READING

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