Specialist Bombus vestalis and generalist Bombus bohemicus use different odour cues to find their host Bombus terrestris

@article{Kreuter2010SpecialistBV,
  title={Specialist Bombus vestalis and generalist Bombus bohemicus use different odour cues to find their host Bombus terrestris
},
  author={Kirsten Kreuter and Robert Twele and Wittko Francke and Manfred Ayasse},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2010},
  volume={80},
  pages={297-302}
}

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