Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 259–262 | Cite as

Studying Trophic Relationships of the Bee Seladonia subaurata (Rossi) (Hymenoptera, Halictidae) by Analyzing Pollen from Nest Cells

  • A. V. Lopatin
  • T. F. Tregub


Abstract–Pollen of 42 plant species from 17 families has been found in the food stores of Seladonia subaurata nests, with 61–86% of the pollen being accounted for by the Compositae. The foragers are characterized by strict flower preferences: more than 90% of the pollen in each cell belongs to two or three, sometimes four, plant species. At the eusocial stage of the existence of a colony, two or three foragers usually provision each cell. In especially large colonies, foragers are divided into groups and provision several cells during the day.

bees Halictidae trophic relationships food store behavior foraging pollen sociality nesting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Lopatin
    • 1
  • T. F. Tregub
    • 1
  1. 1.Voronezh State UniversityVoronezhRussia

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