Reward rate and forager activation in honeybees: recruiting mechanisms and temporal distribution of arrivals

@article{Fernndez2003RewardRA,
  title={Reward rate and forager activation in honeybees: recruiting mechanisms and temporal distribution of arrivals},
  author={Patricia C. Fern{\'a}ndez and Mariana Gil and Walter M Farina},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={54},
  pages={80-87}
}
We analyzed the foraging and recruitment activity of single foragers (Apis mellifera), exploiting low reward rates of sucrose solution. Single employed foragers (test bees) were allowed to collect 2.0 m sucrose solution delivered by a rate-feeder located at 160 m from the hive for 2 h. Flow rates varied between 1.4 and 5.5 µl/min. The individual behavior of the test bees was registered both at the hive and the food source, and the social output was calculated as the number of incoming bees… CONTINUE READING
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