Foraging behaviour of Amegilla zonata (L.) on Ocimum kilimandscharicum Guerke

Authors

  • Devinder Sharma Division of Entomology, 6th Block, Faculty of Agriculture Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Chatha, Jammu-180 009 (J&K)
  • DP Abrol Division of Entomology, 6th Block, Faculty of Agriculture Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Chatha, Jammu-180 009 (J&K)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjb.v44i1.22735

Keywords:

Pollinator diversity, Amegilla zonata, Ocimum kilimandscharicum, Foraging, Abiotic factors

Abstract

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.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjb.v44i1.22735

Bangladesh J. Bot. 44(1): 129-132, 2015 (March

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2015-03-26

How to Cite

Sharma, D., & Abrol, D. (2015). Foraging behaviour of Amegilla zonata (L.) on Ocimum kilimandscharicum Guerke. Bangladesh Journal of Botany, 44(1), 129–132. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjb.v44i1.22735

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