Data from: Bumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce

Foteini Pashalidou, Harriet Lambert, Thomas Peybernes, Mark Mescher & Consuelo De Moraes
Maintaining phenological synchrony with flowers is a key ecological challenge for pollinators that may be exacerbated by ongoing environmental change. Here, we show that bumble bee workers facing pollen scarcity damage leaves of flowerless plants and thereby accelerate flower production. Laboratory studies revealed that leaf-damaging behavior is strongly influenced by pollen availability and that bee-damaged plants flower significantly earlier than undamaged or mechanically damaged controls. Subsequent outdoor experiments showed that the intensity of damage inflicted...
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