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Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 161–165 | Cite as

Observations on pollen processing byPneumolaelaps longanalis (Acari: Laelapidae), a mite associate of bumblebees

  • L. A. Royce
  • G. W. Krantz
Short Communication

Abstract

Pneumolaelaps longanalis feeds on nectar and surface compounds of bumblebee-collected pollen grains by dissolving these materials in salivary secretions applied to the grain as it is manipulated by the mite's mouthparts. Observations suggest that sugars applied to the pollen grain during bee-processing serve as a feeding stimulus for the mite.

Keywords

Sugar Pollen Processing Salivary Secretion Surface Compound Mite Associate 
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© Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. Royce
    • 1
  • G. W. Krantz
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of EntomologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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