Honey bee foraging distance depends on month and forage type

Couvillon, Margaret J, Riddell Pearce, Fiona C, Accleton, Christopher, Fensome, Katherine A, Quah, Shaun K L, Taylor, Esme L and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Honey bee foraging distance depends on month and forage type. Apidologie, 46 (1). pp. 61-70. ISSN 0044-8435

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To investigate the distances at which honey bee foragers collect nectar and pollen, we analysed 5,484 decoded waggle dances made to natural forage sites to determine monthly foraging distance for each forage type. Firstly, we found significantly fewer overall dances made for pollen (16.8 %) than for non-pollen, presumably nectar (83.2 %; P < 2.2 × 10−23). When we analysed distance against month and forage type, there was a significant interaction between the two factors, which demonstrates that in some months, one forage type is collected at farther distances, but this would reverse in other months. Overall, these data suggest that distance, as a proxy for forage availability, is not significantly and consistently driven by need for one type of forage over the other.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: Tom Gittoes
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 14:01
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 02:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53333

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