Contribution no. 1555 from the Department of Entomology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 66045, U.S.A.
Mating Behavior in Halictine Bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)
II. Microterritorial and Patrolling Behavior in ♂♂ of Lasioglossum rohweri1
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
1976 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 377–389, January-December 1976
How to Cite
Barrows, E. M. (1976), Mating Behavior in Halictine Bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 40: 377–389. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1976.tb00942.x
- Issue online: 26 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
- 20. 2. 1975
Studied two types of mate-orientation behavior in ♂♂ of the sweat bee, Lasioglossum rohweri: microterritoriality and patrolling. Observations were made in both the laboratory and the field. These ♂♂ behave uniquely for Hymenoptera in that 2–5 of them establish microterritories immediately around the same nest entrance. Some ♂♂ are exclusively patrollers, flying about flowers and nest sites. Rendezvous places (locations where animals are likely to find mates) in bees are: flowers, nesting sites, vegetative parts of plants, nest entrances, air, and nests. Territoriality in male bees may have arisen independently in 7 of the 9 families of bees.