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A mark-recapture study of male Colletes cunicularius bees: implications for pollination by sexual deception

Peakall, Rodney; Schiestl, Florian


An unusual pollination strategy is pollination by sexual deception in which orchids sexually attract male insects as pollinators. One gap in knowledge concerns the pattern and extent of pollinator movement among these sexually deceptive flowers and how this translates to pollen and gene flow. Our aim was to use mark and recapture techniques to investigate the behavior and movement of male Colletes cunicularius, an important bee pollinator of Ophrys. Our study site was located in northern...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-004-0816-3


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