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Bachelor of Science
Brad "The Goods" Goodner
Honeybees have long been used to pollinate agricultural crops, but due to recent mite infestation, honeybee populations across the U.S. are rapidly declining. Our study focused on the behavior and distribution of native pollinators, especially bumblebees, in hopes that these pollinators could one day be used in agricultural settings. Over the course of one summer, we surveyed two abandoned fields in the Richmond area by censusing both flower and insect populations. In addition, through direct observation, we were able to determine possible reasons why pollinators select certain flowers. Our study also explored bumblebee and honeybee distributions on a state-wide level.
Wilburn, Robin M., "Generalization in plant-pollinator interactions in Virginia and the hope for alternative agricultural pollinators" (1998). Honors Theses. 468.