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Volume 39, Number 1, January-February 2008
Insights into Bee Evolution: A Tribute to Charles D. Michener
Page(s) 30 - 45
Published online 12 February 2008
Apidologie 39 (2008) 30-45
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2007055

Components of nest provisioning behavior in solitary bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

John L. Neff

Central Texas Melittological Institute, 7307 Running Rope, Austin, Texas 78731, USA

(Received 13 June 2007 - Revised 28 September 2007 - Accepted 1 October 2007 - Published online 12 February 2008)

Abstract - The components of nest provisioning behavior (resources per cell, transport capacity, trip duration, trips per cell) are examined for a data set derived from the literature and various unpublished studies. While there is a trade-off between transport capacity and trips required per cell, the highest provisioning rates are achieved by bees carrying very large pollen loads at intermediate trip durations. Most solitary bees appear to be either egg or resource limited, so sustained provisioning rates over one cell per day are unusual.

Key words: Provisioning rate / body size / transport capacity / solitary bees / trip duration

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