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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Homing ability of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Authors: Goulson, Dave
Stout, Jane C
Contact Email: dave.goulson@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Bombus terrestris
Central place foraging
Navigation
Home range
Issue Date: Jan-2001
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media
Citation: Goulson D & Stout JC (2001) Homing ability of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Apidologie, 32 (1), pp. 105-111.
Abstract: The ability of bumblebees to locate their nest site following artificial displacement was investigated. Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae) workers were marked with numbered tags and displaced up to 15 km from their nest. Bees returned from distances of up to 9.8 km, with the proportion of bees returning declining with distance of the release site from the nest. Bees were slow to return to their nests, often taking several days when even the most distant sites were all within 1 h direct flight time. These findings concur with those of earlier studies on various Hymenoptera, and they are consistent with previous suggestions that the most probable homing mechanism is a systematic search until familiar landmarks are encountered. Our results also suggest that the natural foraging range of B. terrestris may span several km.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/7183
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/apido:2001115
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Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Southampton

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