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Honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) activity on sunflowers (Helianthus annuus L.)

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Rhodes, J.W. (1979) Honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) activity on sunflowers (Helianthus annuus L.). Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, 36 (1). pp. 21-24.



The numbers of honey bees appearing on sunflowers were studied at half hourly intervals during the flowering of a crop together with the availability of nectar and pollen during the same period.
Nectar was the major attractant being available to honey bees throughout the day. Pollen was present in abundance for a period during the morning and to a lesser extent in the afternoon. Pollen was collected passively by worker bees foraging for nectar.
Passive distribution of pollen both within and between sunflower heads by nectar-seeking honey bees would increase fertilization of sunflower varieties displaying self.incompatibility.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Plant culture
Animal culture > Insect culture and beneficial insects > Bee culture
Live Archive:04 Mar 2024 03:45
Last Modified:16 Apr 2024 23:41

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