Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 24–47 | Cite as

Analysis of Nesting Behavior Based on Daily Observation of Andrena vaga (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae)

  • Katerina Rezkova
  • Monika Žáková
  • Zdislava Žáková
  • Jakub Straka


We present a study on nesting behavior of the gregarious solitary bee, Andrena vaga Panzer. Based on the daily observation of individually marked females, we constructed an ethogram, determined a sequence of behavioral elements within the provisioning cycle, estimated their length and computed the transition probability between the elements. We confirmed the existence of distinctive pollen and nectar days in A. vaga and showed apparent differences in the overall daily provisioning pattern in pollen and nectar days as well as in the probability of transition between some behavioral elements. Bees typically performed one provisioning trip and carried no pollen on nectar days, but they performed up to four pollen-provisioning trips on pollen days. The duration of one pollen trip depended on the number and sequence of the trip in a given day, with the shortest trip usually occurring last in the day.


Apoidea andrenidae andrena vaga nesting behavior ethogram 



We thank our colleagues for help with data collection. The project was supported by the Grant Agency of Charles University (GAUK 111708/2008) and the Research Program of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic: MSM0021620828.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katerina Rezkova
    • 1
  • Monika Žáková
    • 2
  • Zdislava Žáková
    • 1
  • Jakub Straka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceCharles University in PraguePraha 2Czech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical EngineeringCzech Technical University in PraguePraha 6Czech Republic

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