Vol. 39 (2016)
Research Project Ecology

Flowering phenology and bumblebee activity in early summer in Grand Teton National Park

Jordanna D. H. Sprayberry
Departments of Biology and Neuroscience, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Rachel DeFino
Departments of Biology and Neuroscience, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Michael E. Dillon
Department of Zoology and Physiology & Program of Ecology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Large bumblebee on a pink thistle bloom
Published December 15, 2016

Abstract

From late May through late June we monitored flowering phenology of all plants in four transects in Grand Teton National Park. We identified and collected blooming data on 25 species. In addition, we assessed both bumblebee species composition and foraging activity in the same transects. We captured queens from five different bumblebee species in vane traps. Observations of transects for forager activity yielded little data, and we recommend future studies employ walking transects.

 

Featured photo by Michael Dillon, taken from the AMK Ranch photo collection.