Re: [beemonitoring] Native bees and wind blown pollen
- Dear Josh Campbell,That is a great question. I know it to be true in a variety of cases with wild grasses. Dino Martins, Harvard University, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Alumnus co-published a short paper on the topic (focused on African grass pollen foraging activities of bees). I have attached the document here, which can also be downloaded at http://harvard.academia.edu/DinoMartinswith a free account.Corn, as a domesticated grass, when blooming, is a popular destination for some bees. If I recall any other papers I will share them with you Josh. Best of luck.Brian DykstraOn Wed, May 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Campbell, Joshua <jcampbel@...> wrote:
I have been collecting bees within monocultures of grasses over the last couple of years. I had assumed they were primarily there for nesting structure as most of the bees captured are ground nesters (e.g. Lasioglossum, Melissodes, etc.). The grasses I have been surveying are indian grass, little and big bluestem, and bermuda. I found a reference documenting that honeybees will gather and feed on bermuda pollen. I am curious if native bees have been documented gathering grass pollen? If so, references would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks for your time.