Observations on pollen processing byPneumolaelaps longanalis (Acari: Laelapidae), a mite associate of bumblebees
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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.
KeywordsSugar Pollen Processing Salivary Secretion Surface Compound Mite Associate
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