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Territorial Behavior among Males of Anthidium banningense (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)
Elbert R. Jaycox
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct., 1967), pp. 565-570
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25083662
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Male Anthidium banningense maintained territories based on their food plant, Phacelia leucophylla Torrey. They patrolled and mated within the territory, and chases and fighting took place at boundaries of adjacent territories. Of six males moved to a plant group about 150 meters from their original site, one remained to establish a new territory. Some males changed territories at least once but one bee guarded the same area for 13 days. The behavior appeared to disperse sexually mature males and to reduce interference in mating and nesting.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1967 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society