Stimuli Eliciting Mating Behaviour of Bumblebee (Bomb Us Pratoruml.) Males
Abstract:1. Males were attracted to queens presented near a visiting place, but usually ignored those offered elsewhere along a flight route. 2. A black object the size of a queen successfully elicited inspection and attempts to mate; the orange and yellow bands on a queen's body and her movements seemed not to do so. 3. The odour of a queen is important in inducing males to alight on her. Odour differences probably account for the greater attractiveness of young than old queens.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1971-01-01