Tropical bees (Trigona hockingsi) show no preference for nectar with amino acids

Gardener, Mark C. and Rowe, Richard J. and Gillman, Michael P. (2003) Tropical bees (Trigona hockingsi) show no preference for nectar with amino acids. Biotropica, 35 (1). pp. 119-125. ISSN 0006-3606

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7429.2003.tb00269...

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Abstract

We offered Australian tropical stingless bees (Trigona hockingst) artificial nectar (30 sucrose w/v) either with or without added amino acids (3.30 mM). Bees showed no preference for nectar type, suggesting that sugars, rather than amino acids, play a greater role in nectar choice by this species.

Additional Information:Article first published online: 15 March 2006
Keywords:amino acid, bee, feeding behavior, food preference, nectar, Australia, Apidae, Apoidea, Hymenoptera, Meliponinae, Trigona, Trigona hockingsi
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C340 Entomology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:16 Oct 2014 11:45

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