Olfactory evaluation of Andrena host nest suitability by kleptoparasitic Nomada bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

@article{Cane1983OlfactoryEO,
  title={Olfactory evaluation of Andrena host nest suitability by kleptoparasitic Nomada bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)},
  author={J. Cane},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1983},
  volume={31},
  pages={138-144}
}
  • J. Cane
  • Published 1983
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Kleptoparasitic Nomada bees (‘cuckoo bees’) are guided by olfactory cues in their local topographic orientation to Andrena host nests. Decisions regarding (1) the availability and suitability of a partly provisioned nest cell, (2) the threat of maternal host presence, and (3) prior visitation by another kleptoparasite, are all assessed olfactorily by the Nomada female while she is safely poised at the entrance to the host's ground nest. The influences of visual, tactile, acoustical and… Expand
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