FORAGING SOURCES OF POLLEN FOR EAST TEXAS MELISSODES SPECIES (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE: EUCERINI)

dc.contributor.advisorCook, Jerry L
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPascarella, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilliams, Justin K
dc.creatorTrimm, Travis Ethan
dc.creator.orcid0009-0009-4899-8694
dc.date.accessioned2024-05-13T18:43:54Z
dc.date.available2024-05-13T18:43:54Z
dc.date.created2024-05
dc.date.issued2024-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2024
dc.date.updated2024-05-13T18:46:04Z
dc.description.abstractMelissodes is a genus of native bees found throughout east Texas. Their presence on plants found in the region is understudied and could reveal novel or important plant pollinator interactions. This study explores the dietary range of Melissodes species across east Texas and creates a list of plants utilized in pollen collection. To accomplish this, specimens of Melissodes were collected from areas across east Texas and taken from institute collections in order to extract pollen samples from their bodies. Pollens were then examined using a scanning electron microscope in order to be identified. Many of the Melissodes species examined exhibit generalist foraging tendencies as well as having a direct preference for pollen of the Asteraceae family.
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dc.identifier.uri
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11875/4445
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.subjectBiology, Entomology
dc.titleFORAGING SOURCES OF POLLEN FOR EAST TEXAS MELISSODES SPECIES (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE: EUCERINI)
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering Technology
thesis.degree.departmentBiological Sciences
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorSam Houston State University
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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