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    Cotoneasterfor bumble bees and honey bees

    Corbet, S.A. and Westgarth-Smith, Angus (1992) Cotoneasterfor bumble bees and honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Research 31 (1), pp. 9-14. ISSN 0021-8839.

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    Regular monitoring between May and August 1988 of a collection of 22 taxa of Cotoneaster in the UK showed that the bumble bees Bombus pratorum and B. pascuorum preferentially visited species in the section Cotoneaster. The short-tongued bumble bees B. terrestris/lucorum and honey bees visited species in both sections of the genus, concentrating on the section Cotoneaster in the dearth period of early summer and on Chaeno-petalum after mid-June. The section Cotoneaster is recommended as particularly valuable for bee forage. This phenological survey should make it possible to select groups of species for amenity plantings to give a seasonal spread of flowering, enhancing the availability of nectar plants.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cotoneaster, nectar plants, Bombus, bumble bees, Apis mellifera, honey bees, foraging, phenology, UK
    School: School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 08:43
    Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 08:43


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