Profile of a solitary bee: andrena fulva

publication date: Aug 27, 2010
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Bee World Vol.72 (1) 1991 pp.11-18
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Profile of a solitary bee: andrena fulva


Robert J Paxton


Mention the word 'bee' and most people, scientists and laymen alike, will conjure up images of the honeybee (Apis mellifera). This narrow view understandably stems from both the great economic importance attached to honeybees as pollinators of numerous fruit, nut and seed crops and also from the widespread use by man of honey, the major product derived from honeybee colonies. However, there are some 20 000 described species of bees in the world (and possibly the same number of species awaiting discovery and description) and, unlike the eusocial honeybee, by far the majority are classified as solitary; they do not live in colonies and they do not store reserves of honey though they may act as valuable pollinators of crops and wild plants. Solitary bees are taxonomically diverse and they regularly form the major component of the bee fauna in many parts of the world.

Keywordssolitary bees, andrena fulva, pollinators,
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