Pollen and nectar quality drive the major and minor floral choices of bumble bees

@article{Somme2014PollenAN,
  title={Pollen and nectar quality drive the major and minor floral choices of bumble bees},
  author={Laurent Somme and Maryse Vanderplanck and Denis Michez and Isabelle Lombaerde and Romain Moerman and Bernard Wathelet and Ruddy Wattiez and Georges C. Lognay and A. -L. Jacquemart},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2014},
  volume={46},
  pages={92-106}
}
To investigate whether floral resource quality impacts on bumble bee floral choices, we determined the pollen foraging constancy and floral choices of four bumble bee species commonly occurring in peaty, wet meadows in South Belgium. We subsequently analyzed the chemical contents of pollen and nectar, as well as the nectar production of the major host plant species. Individuals of B. lapidarius and B. pascuorum collected high-quality pollen (i.e., having high essential amino acid and… CONTINUE READING

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