Foraging behaviour of honeybees at the leaf nectaries of the fern, Pteridium aquilinum

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 27 (1) pp. 22-25
Date
March 1988
Article Title

Foraging behaviour of honeybees at the leaf nectaries of the fern, Pteridium aquilinum

Author(s)

Jens Mogens Olesen

Abstract

The leaf nectaries of Pteridirlm aqrlilinum are known 10 produce sugars, which attract honeybees. The nectarines were observed to attract many bees during the summer despite the presence of many traditionally good bee plants, e.g. Calluna vulgaris, and no observable nectar production by the fern. Nectar-gatherers seemed to follow fixed and learned patterns of behaviour. 

Keywords

Foraging beahviour, nectaries, Fern, food source 

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