Behavioral responses by a bumble bee to competition with a niche-constructing congener

Nick Rosenberger, Marcelo Aizen, Rachel Dickson & Lawrence Harder
While feeding, foragers can alter their environment. Such alteration constitutes ecological niche construction (ENC) if it enables future benefits for the constructor and conspecific individuals. The environmental modification may also affect non-constructing, bystander species, especially if they share resources with constructor species. If so, ENC could confer the constructor species a competitive advantage by both enhancing its foraging returns and reducing those of bystander species. Expectations – (E1) ENC frequency should vary positively with the...
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