Trapline foraging by bumblebees : I . Persistence of flightpath geometry

  title={Trapline foraging by bumblebees : I . Persistence of flightpath geometry},
  author={James D. Thomson},
By setting out arrays of potted plants of Penstemon strictus, I tested whether freely foraging bumblebee (Bombus spp.) workers would establish regular foraging routes that reflected the geometry of the array. They did, passing through an asymmetrical array in a pattern that minimized interplant flight distances. After the array was changed to a symmetrical pattern, however, the experienced bees continued to show their previous asymmetrical flight patterns. New bees without experience on the… CONTINUE READING
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