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Bachelor of Science
Dr. Bradley Wayne Goodner
Honeybees have long been used to pollinate agricultural crops, but due to recent mite infestation, honeybee populations across the US are rapidly declining. Our study was aimed at learning the behavior and distibution 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 distributions on a state-wide level.
Scott, Heather, "Yes, Virginia, there is more to pollination than just Honeybees" (1998). Honors Theses. 516.