Foraging Behavior of Honey Bees on Two-clone Alfalfa Combinations Differing in Bee Attractiveness

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Pairing of clones of alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., on the basis of honey bees, Apis mellifera L. (high with high and low with low) failed to prevent discriminate foragmg by bees in cages or in the field. About half the foragers visited only one clone of each pair, whatever the relationship. Bees showing complete specificity to highly' attractive clones made longer foraging trips than bees specific to clones considered low in attractiveness. Highly attractive pairs of clones stimulated more caged bees to forage than the pans with low attractiveness.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1980

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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