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Title: Foraging response of turkish honey bee subspecies to flower color choices and reward consistency
Authors: Song, Daniel S.
Mixson, T. Andrew
Serrano, Eduardo
Clement, Meredith L.
Savitski, Amy
Johnson, Ge'Andra
Giray, Tuğrul
Abramson, Charles Ira
Barthell, John F.
Wells, Harrington
Uludağ Üniversitesi/Mustafakemalpaşa Meslek Yüksekokulu/Bitkisel ve Hayvansal Üretim Bölümü.
Çakmak, İbrahim
Keywords: Foraging behavior
Honey bee subspecies
Apis mellifera
Mellifera L. populations
Minimal uncertainty
Optimal diet
Apis mellifera caucasica
Micromesistius poutassou
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Springer/Plenum Publishers
Citation: Çakmak, İ. (2010). "Foraging response of turkish honey bee subspecies to flower color choices and reward consistency". Journal of Insect Behavior, 23(2), 100-116.
Abstract: Foraging behavior of Apis mellifera caucasica, A.m. carnica and A.m. syriaca in Turkey was studied for intrinsic subspecies-based differences. Models of forager flower-color fidelity, risk sensitive behavior and maximizing net gain were tested. Foragers were presented artificial flower patches containing blue, white and yellow flowers. Some bees of each subspecies showed high fidelity to yellow flowers, while others favored blue and white flowers. The degree of fidelity, however, differed among subspecies and was dependent upon which color was favored. Bees of all subspecies demonstrated risk indifferent behavior regardless of whether they favored yellow flowers or blue and white flowers. Flower handling time differed among subspecies and increased with reward quantity, and when a reward was present. Flight time between consecutive flowers also differed among honey bee subspecies. Foragers of all subspecies had a higher net gain when visiting flowers with consistent rewards.
ISSN: 0892-7553
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