Large-Range Movements of Neotropical Orchid Bees Observed via Radio Telemetry

@inproceedings{Wikelski2010LargeRangeMO,
  title={Large-Range Movements of Neotropical Orchid Bees Observed via Radio Telemetry},
  author={Martin Wikelski and Jerry H Moxley and Alexander Eaton-Mordas and Margarita M L{\'o}pez-Uribe and Richard Holland and David Moskowitz and David Ward Roubik and Roland Kays},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2010}
}
Neotropical orchid bees (Euglossini) are often cited as classic examples of trapline-foragers with potentially extensive foraging ranges. If long-distance movements are habitual, rare plants in widely scattered locations may benefit from euglossine pollination services. Here we report the first successful use of micro radio telemetry to track the movement of an insect pollinator in a complex and forested environment. Our results indicate that individual male orchid bees (Exaerete frontalis… CONTINUE READING

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