22 September, 2014

Big bees do a better job

by P. G. Willmer and K. Finlayson

Cross section of a periwinkle (Vinca) flower

Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) are well known for their abilities to forage at and pollinate flowering plants. However, unlike honeybee workers which are similar in size, bumblebee workers show large variation in individual body size. This variation occurs both within species and within individual nests of highly related sisters. This size variation may contribute to the bees’ efficiency in moving pollen grains between flowers.

Read the whole summary in: English!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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