Geographic distribution and associated flora of native and introduced bumble bees (Bombus spp.) in Chile

publication date: Jan 1, 2011
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 50 (1) pp. 11-21
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.50.1.02
Date
January 2011
Article Title

Geographic distribution and associated flora of native and introduced bumble bees (Bombus spp.) in Chile

Author(s)

José Montalva, Leah Dudley, Mary Kalin Arroyo, Hernán Retamales and Alberto H Abrahamovich

Abstract

In the present work, we update floral associations and geographical distribution for four species of Bombus present in Chile, two native (B. dahlbomii and B. funebris) and two introduced species (B. terrestris and B. ruderatus). We also examine possible associations among native or introduced bees with native or introduced plant species. We found a significant non-random plant association among non-native bumble bee species and non-native plant species. Because of the distributional overlap between B. dahlbomii with the two non-native bee species, it is likely that B. dahlbomii interacts with these non-native bees.

Keywords

Bombus, associated flora, distribution, Chile

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