oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Thermal, energetic and nutritional considerations in the foraging and reproduction of the carpenter bee Xylocopa capitata
|Article Title||Thermal, energetic and nutritional considerations in the foraging and reproduction of the carpenter bee Xylocopa capitata|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Zoology Department, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch|
|Publication Date||Sep 1983|
|Pages||227 - 240|
|Keyword(s)||Carpenter bees (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae), Ecological energetics, Illustrations, Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Nectar and pollen nutrition, Thermal preferenda, Virgilia divaricata (Fabaceae) blossoms and Xylocopa capitata|
Carpenter bees, Xylocopa capitata Smith 1854, are studied with regard to their activities at certain temperatures, the nectar and pollen they forage and their gross production efficiency. A great deal of time and energy, is invested in constructing the elaborate nests of this K-selected species.
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