Location: Southern Horticultural Research
Title: Cage-Fighting Bees: Can Aggressive Competition Increase Pollination Efficacy for an Oligolectic Native Bee? Authors
Submitted to: Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2010
Publication Date: March 7, 2010
Citation: Werle, C.T., Sampson, B.J. 2010. Cage-Fighting Bees: Can aggressive competition increase pollination efficacy for an oligolectic native bee ?. Ecological Society of America (ESA) pg. 57. Technical Abstract: Pollination efficacy of the oligolectic bee Ptilothrix bombiformis was measured as the number of pollen grains delivered to virgin Hibiscus stigmas. Such specialized bee foragers are often assumed to be highly efficient pollinators. Intriguingly, however, we discovered females fight over host blooms, increasing stigmatic loads, and thus host pollination success.