09 May, 2014

Spring foraging in dune ecosystems

by Aoife O’Rourke, Úna Fitzpatrick and Jane Stout

Queen bumblebees foraging on male creeping willow catkins
In this study the visitation rates of bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies to a variety of spring flowering plants, typical of fixed dune habitat, were investigated. The sugar composition of the nectar of each plant was examined, as was the relative abundance of essential amino acids in the pollen of the study plants, and the total abundance of floral units. These measurements were then related to insect visitation rates. 

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1 comment:

  1. author has examined sugar content of each plant. Can u share the methodology you used. As I am also want to do similar work in India but not finding any user friendly methodology