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Effectiveness of honey bees and bumble bees in the pollination of Montgomery red clover



Effectiveness of honey bees and bumble bees in the pollination of Montgomery red clover



New Zealand Jour Agric Res 1(5): 607-619



In Feb. 1954 and again in Feb. 1955, 35 hives of honey bees were placed immediately adjacent to 10 acres of Montgomery red clover (Trifolium pratense) growing in an area considered to be favourable to bumble bees. Insect activity was noted and it was computed that honey bees provided 77% of the effective pollinating insects in 1954 and 89% in 1955 Spot checks made at several different points showed this to be a fair cross-section of insect activity on red-clover crops in South Canterbury.

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