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Do Bee-hive…

9 July 2011

Three bee flower things…

http://www.functionalecology.org/view/0/index.html

Watch the video – bees use flower ‘nectar guides’ to lead them to the sweet reward more quickly. However while it might seem a win-win, the behaviour persists even after the nectar has run out so the bees still do the pollinating work for the flowers even though they are wasting time and energy on a fruitless search.

In the same issue, the trade-off between travel distance for traplining bees and high reward flowers –

http://www.functionalecology.org/view/0/summaries.html#Trade

Finally from this evening’s visit to the Royal Society summer exhibition, the Cambridge group who have worked on iridescence. The work was published in 2008 in Nature. The same properties that make a CD shine work with flowers at spectra we cannot see but bees can –

http://www.colours.phy.cam.ac.uk/

From → Ecology, Evolution

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