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Foraging behavior of honey bees on two-clone alfalfa combinations differing in bee attractiveness

Kauffeld, N.M.; Sorensen, E.L.

Journal of Economic Entomology 73(3): 434-435


ISSN/ISBN: 0022-0493
DOI: 10.1093/jee/73.3.434
Accession: 000663200

Pairing of clones of alfalfa, M. sativa L., on the basis of honey bees, A. mellifera L. (high with high and low with low) failed to prevent discriminate foraging by bees in cages or in the field. About half the foragers visited only 1 clone of each pair, whatever the relationship. Bees showing complete specificity to highly attractive clones made longer foraging trips than bees specific to clones considered low in attractiveness. Highly attractive pairs of clones stimulated more caged bees to forage than the pairs with low attractiveness.

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