In: Phyton 57 (2017): S. 129-135 DOI: 10.12905/0380.phyton57-2018-0129 Published online on 26th February 2018
Published online on 26th February 2018
The first records of vibratory pollen-collection by bees
Key words: Apidae, Bombus, Megachile, Xylocopa, bees, buzz collection, sonication, vibratory pollen-collection. – Cassia s.l., Senna, Chamaecrista, Melampyrum, Physalis, Solanum. – Floral ecology, history of botany.
Teppner H. 2018. The first records of vibratory pollen-collection by bees. – Phyton (Horn, Austria) 57 (1–2): 129–135, with 2 figures.
After a thorough analysis of the respective texts, the opinion that Sprengel 1793 or Burck 1887 had discovered vibratory pollen-collection cannot be sustained. The first unambiguous descriptions of vibratory pollen-collection date back to Lindman 1902 for bumblebees (on Senna alata), to Schrottky 1908 for Oxaea, Augochlora, Xylocopa, Psaenythia, Ptiloglossa and others (on Senna occidentalis, Physalis viscosa and Solanum paniculatum), and to Meidell 1944 for Megachile willughbiella and bumblebees (on Melampyrum pratense). Original texts and English translations are provided.