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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)
|Title||Seasonal variations in the pollinators Apis mellifera and Bombus spp in the Massiccio Del Campo Dei Fiori area (Varese, Northern Italy)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Journal||Ethology Ecology and Evolution|
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.