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Seasonal variations in the pollinators Apis mellifera and Bombus spp in the Massiccio Del Campo Dei Fiori area (Varese, Northern Italy)

TitleSeasonal variations in the pollinators Apis mellifera and Bombus spp in the Massiccio Del Campo Dei Fiori area (Varese, Northern Italy)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsSerini, GB
JournalEthology Ecology and Evolution
Page range37-42
Abstract

Recorded bees on flowers from April to September in an orchard/garden area.Insect visitors to flowering Vaccinium corymbosum, Rubus fruticosus and R. idaeus were recorded. Apis mellifera was the most numerous, constituting 83% of all visitors from April to September, followed by Bombus spp. (15%). Bumble bees were important pollinators in early spring and in bad weather. The most numerous species were B. muscorum and then B. lapidarius; B. pascuorum was common until June, and B. terrestris and B. pratorum were also present in the early months.