Individual lifetime pollen and nectar foraging preferences in bumble bees

@article{Hagbery2012IndividualLP,
  title={Individual lifetime pollen and nectar foraging preferences in bumble bees},
  author={Jessica Hagbery and James C Nieh},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2012},
  volume={99},
  pages={821-832}
}
Foraging specialization plays an important role in the ability of social insects to efficiently allocate labor. However, relatively little is known about the degree to which individual bumble bees specialize on collecting nectar or pollen, when such preferences manifest, and if individuals can alter their foraging preferences in response to changes in the colony workforce. Using Bombus impatiens, we monitored all foraging visits made by every bee in multiple colonies and showed that individual… CONTINUE READING
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