Measuring foraging activity in bumblebee nests: a simple nest-entrance trip recorder

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dc.contributor.author Kevan, P.G.
dc.contributor.author Cooper, E.
dc.contributor.author Morse, A.
dc.contributor.author Kapongo, J.P.
dc.contributor.author Shipp, L.
dc.contributor.author Khosla, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-25T20:34:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-25T20:34:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Kevan, P.G., Cooper, E., Morse, A., Kapongo, J.P., Shipp, L., and Khosla, S. "Measuring foraging activity in bumblebee nests: a simple nest-entrance trip recorder." Journal of Applied Entomology 133.3 (2009): 222-228
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2469
dc.description.abstract We describe a new, electronic, apparatus for measuring the activity of bumblebees as they fly from and to their nests. The bee activity recorder (BAR) works on the principle that bees leaving and returning to their nest crawl through a tube equipped with infrared emitters and detectors so that when the beam is interrupted by the passage of a bee, the event is recorded as either an exit or an entry. Tests of BARs indicate that they are highly accurate, BAR counts and visual counts highly correlated with an almost one-to-one correspondence. We suggest that BARs can be used for recording the foraging activities of bumblebees through nest exit and entry counts in many practical and research applications.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Jounral of Applied Entomology en_US
dc.subject Bombus en_US
dc.subject actograph en_US
dc.subject forager en_US
dc.subject greenhouse en_US
dc.subject pollination en_US
dc.subject pollinator en_US
dc.title Measuring foraging activity in bumblebee nests: a simple nest-entrance trip recorder en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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