Foraging strategies in the small skipper butterfly, Thymelicus flavus : when to switch?

@article{Goulson1997ForagingSI,
  title={Foraging strategies in the small skipper butterfly,
 Thymelicus flavus
 : when to switch?},
  author={D. Goulson and J. Ollerton and C. Sluman},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1997},
  volume={53},
  pages={1009-1016}
}
Many insects foraging for nectar or pollen exhibit flower constancy, a learned fidelity to a particular species of plant that previously provided a reward. Constancy may persist even when alternative flowers are available that provide a greater or less variable reward. This strategy entails more travelling time than one of generalization (visiting all suitable flowers as they are encountered). The consensus at present is that this increase in travelling time is offset by decreases in handling… Expand

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