Competitive Interactions Between Neotropical Pollinators and Africanized Honey Bees

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Science  15 Sep 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4360, pp. 1030-1032
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4360.1030


The Africanized honey bee, a hybrid of European and African honey bees, is thought to displace native pollinators. After experimental introduction of Africanized honey bee hives near flowers, stingless bees became less abundant or harvested-less resource as visitation by Africanized honey bees increased. Shifts in resource use caused by colonizing Africanized honey bees may lead to population decline of Neotropical pollinators.

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