HONEYBEE RESPONSES TO REWARD SIZE AND COLOUR IN AN ARTIFICIAL FLOWER PATCH
HARRlNGTON WELLS , PATRICK H. WELLS AND DALE M. SMITH
We describe an artificial flower patch suitable for quantitative ecological studies of plant-pollinator interactions. The number of flowers visited per trip by honeybees foraging on the patch was negatively dependent on mean nectar yield per flower in a logarithmic relationship. The relationship held whether all flowers provided reward or some were empty. Individual foragers on a mixed-colour patch of flowers were constant to one colour.