Title

Effects of Competition on Bumblebee Foraging Strategy

Presenter

Jenna Lea

Abstract

Depending on the length of the bee’s tongue and the location of the flower’s nectary, nectar may be unobtainable through the flower’s opening. Certain bumblebee species have adapted a different method to collect nectar, and bypass the flower’s opening. These bee species rob nectar through a pierced hole along the flower’s nectar spur. In the Corydalis caseana plant-pollinator system in the Rocky Mountains, both types of bumblebees exist, aiding and inhibiting the plant’s pollination efforts. In my study, various bee densities of Bombus flavifrons and Bombus appositus, were put on a single C. caseana plant to determine if competition affected the foraging strategies of the bees.

Faculty Sponsor

Susanne Altermann

Sponsor Department/Programs

Biology

Tracks

Poster Session

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Location

Cordiner Hall

Presentation Type

Poster

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

Whitman Internship Grant

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Effects of Competition on Bumblebee Foraging Strategy

Cordiner Hall

Depending on the length of the bee’s tongue and the location of the flower’s nectary, nectar may be unobtainable through the flower’s opening. Certain bumblebee species have adapted a different method to collect nectar, and bypass the flower’s opening. These bee species rob nectar through a pierced hole along the flower’s nectar spur. In the Corydalis caseana plant-pollinator system in the Rocky Mountains, both types of bumblebees exist, aiding and inhibiting the plant’s pollination efforts. In my study, various bee densities of Bombus flavifrons and Bombus appositus, were put on a single C. caseana plant to determine if competition affected the foraging strategies of the bees.

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