Individual and colony factors in bumble bee division of labor (Bombus bifarius nearcticus Handl; Hymenoptera, Apidae)

@article{ODonnell2000IndividualAC,
  title={Individual and colony factors in bumble bee division of labor (Bombus bifarius nearcticus Handl; Hymenoptera, Apidae)},
  author={Sean O'Donnell and Martin Reichardt and Russell G Foster},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={164-170}
}
We quantified the relationships of colony-level factors (number of workers and colony age) with task performance by workers of the bumble bee Bombus bifarius. Worker's age of first foraging decreased as their colonies aged, which may have caused the observed decrease in worker longevity with colony age. Daily variation in colony nectar foraging rates was related to the number of active foragers, while pollen foraging rates corresponded more strongly with variation in numbers of adult workers… CONTINUE READING

Citations

Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 31 extracted citations

References

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 10 references

Water collection by bumble bees

  • R. L. Foster
  • J . Apic . Res .
  • 1996

Replacing the terms ‘ primitive ’ and ‘ advanced ’ : new modifiers for the term ‘ eusocial ’

  • S. O’Donnell
  • Anim . Behav .
  • 1994

Phylogenetic relationships and the origin of social behavior in the Vespidae

  • R. V. Cartar
  • 1991

Temporal patterns of division of labor among workers in the primitively eusocial bumble bee , Bombus griseocollis ( Hymenoptera : Apidae )

  • S. A. Cameron
  • Ethology
  • 1989

Adult longevity of workers of the bumble bees Bombus fervidus ( F . ) and Bombus pennsylvanicus ( De Geer ) ( Hymenoptera : Apidae )

  • B. Heinrich
  • Can J . Zool .
  • 1987

Statistical analysis of survival and removal experiments

  • G. E. Robinson
  • Ecology
  • 1986

Division of labour and foraging in Bombus agrorum Fabricius

  • S. A. Cameron
  • J . Anim . Ecol .
  • 1952

Nestmate recognition as an inbreeding avoidance mechanism in bumble bees ( Hymenoptera : Apidae )

  • J. B. Free
  • J . Kans . Ent . Soc .

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…