Date of Award
Shannon M. Murphy, Ph.D.
Conspecifics, Foraging behavior, Local enhancement, Local inhibition, Neighborhood effects, Pollinators
Foraging bees use social information (e.g. presence of absence of other bees) to assess the quality of flowers when choosing a flower to visit. My research tests how bees choose to visit a particular flower once they have been recruited to a flower patch. I tested if neighborhood effects, or the relative number of bees on neighboring flowers compared to a focal flower, affected to which flower a foraging honey bee visited. I also conducted a meta-analysis to test whether bees in the super-family Apoidae are more likely to visit a flower occupied by a con- or heterospecific bee or visit an unoccupied flower, and what circumstances lead to these two different foraging behaviors. My results suggest that visual cues, or relative abundance of bees in the neighborhood, impact the number of bee visits a flower will receive, thus highlighting potential implications for pollination services and plant reproductive output.
Horna Lowell, Eva Sofia, "The Effect of Conspecific Cues and Neighborhood Effects on Bee Foraging Behavior" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1584.
Received from ProQuest
Eva Sofia Horna Lowell
Ecology, Behavioral sciences
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