Floral nectar guide patterns discourage nectar robbing by bumble bees.

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Anne S Leonard; Joshua Brent; Daniel R Papaj; Anna Dornhaus;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE,volume 8,issue 2 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3572167, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055914
  • Subject: Research Article | Biology | Behavioral Ecology | Animal Behavior | Community Ecology | Adaptation | Evolutionary Processes | Medicine | Q | Ecology | R | Evolutionary Biology | Species Interactions | Coevolution | Science | Evolutionary Ecology | Zoology | Terrestrial Ecology

Floral displays are under selection to both attract pollinators and deter antagonists. Here we show that a common floral trait, a nectar guide pattern, alters the behavior of bees that can act opportunistically as both pollinators and as antagonists. Generally, bees acc... View more
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