Net energetic advantage drives honey bees (Apis mellifera L) to nectar larceny in Vaccinium ashei Reade

  title={Net energetic advantage drives honey bees (Apis mellifera L) to nectar larceny in Vaccinium ashei Reade},
  author={S. Dedej and K. Delaplane},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • S. Dedej, K. Delaplane
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.) act as primary nectar thieves in rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei Reade), piercing corollas laterally to imbibe nectar at basal nectaries. Honey bees (Apis mellifera L) learn to visit these perforations and thus become secondary nectar thieves. We tested the hypothesis that honey bees make this behavioral switch in response to an energetic advantage realized by nectar-robbing flower visits. Nectar volume and sugar quantity were higher in intact than perforated… CONTINUE READING
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