Resource Partitioning in Bumble Bees: The Role of Behavioral Factors

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Science  12 Aug 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4304, pp. 678-680
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4304.678


Small Bombus ternarius workers for age most frequently on the distal parts of goldenrod flower clusters when large B. terricola workers are present. This shift results from B. ternarius avoiding B. terricola. In this way B. ternarius can exploit, without conflict, resources whose availability changes constantly because of fluctuating numbers of larger consumers.