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The Solitary Bee Fauna (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Interior and Arctic Alaska: Flower Associations, Habitat Use, and Phenology
W. Scott Armbruster and David A. Guinn
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 62, No. 4 (Oct., 1989), pp. 468-483
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085123
Page Count: 16
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Bees, Solitary bees, Steppes, Forest habitats, Insect morphology, Nectar, Proboscis, Insect pollination, Floodplains, Forest steppes
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Over 40 species of solitary bees occur in interior and arctic Alaska. They are most diverse and abundant in open treeless habitats, especially in steppe on south-facing bluffs and early successional sites along large rivers. Solitary bees visit a large variety of plants for nectar and pollen and are important pollinators of many of these plants. There is a strong positive relationship between the length of a bee species' proboscis and the length of the corolla tube of the flower species it visits for nectar.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1989 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society