Male Mating Strategies in the Bee Centris pallida Fox (Anthophoridae: Hymenoptera)

@article{Alcock1977MaleMS,
  title={Male Mating Strategies in the Bee Centris pallida Fox (Anthophoridae: Hymenoptera)},
  author={J. Alcock and C. E. Jones and S. Buchmann},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1977},
  volume={111},
  pages={145 - 155}
}
Males of the solitary bee Centris pallida practice one of two alternative mate-location strategies, either searching emergence areas for sites at which to dig up virgin females, or hovering by shrubs and trees, waiting for the arrival of airborne virgin females. The size of the male is related to which of these strategies he adopts, with the larger males more commonly patrolling and digging and the smaller males more commonly hovering. Large males are superior in competitive disputes over… Expand
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