Foraging behaviour of Amegilla zonata (L.) on Ocimum kilimandscharicum Guerke
Keywords:Pollinator diversity, Amegilla zonata, Ocimum kilimandscharicum, Foraging, Abiotic factors
Ocimum kilimandscharicum Guerke an important medicinal plant of Jammu and Kashmir, India was found to be pollinated by insects belonging to 4 orders, 8 families and 14 species. The flowers of O. kilimandscharicum were visited abundantly by Amegilla zonata (L.) followed by Apis dorsata and A. cerana. The number of bees foraging during different times on the day ranged from 4.7 - 11.30/ 5 plants/5 min; visited 12 - 25 flowers/5 plant and spent 2.3 - 7.9 s/flower. Foraging populations of A.zonata responded significantly to environmental factors.
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