publication . Article . Other literature type . 1993

Temperature and the Pollinating Activity of Social Bees

Corbet, Sarah A.; Fussell, M.; Ake, R.; Fraser, A.; Gunson, C.; Savage, A.; Smith, K.;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 1993 Journal: Ecological Entomology, volume 18, pages 17-30 (issn: 0307-6946, eissn: 1365-2311, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United States
Abstract. 1Thermal constraints on flight acivity limit the pollinating effectiveness of bees. Each species of social bee has a microclimatic ‘window’ within which foraging flight can be sustained. 2To predict whether a given species of social bee is worth testing as a pollinator in a given climate, it is useful to know at least the lower limits of that microclimatic ‘window’. We consider how information from a series of bee counts through a day can be used to characterize a bee species in terms of activity/microclimate relations as a basis for predicting the diel pattern of foraging activity of a bee introduced into a new climate as a pollinator. 3We discuss the...
free text keywords: Ecology, Insect Science, Entomology, Life Sciences
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