Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Benjamin Rutschmann

Dr. Benjamin Rutschmann

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter, University of Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Room: C041

  • Honeybee ecology.
  • Besides studying the life and resilience of wild honeybee colonies, I am interested in the nesting sites and foraging recourses used by honeybees in European forests.


Rutschmann B, Kohl PL, Steffan-Dewenter I. (2023) Foraging distances, habitat preferences and seasonal colony performance of honeybees in Central European forest landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 60, 1056– 1066. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14389

Kohl PL, Rutschmann B, Steffan-Dewenter I (2022) Population demography of feral honeybee colonies in Central European forests. Royal Society Open Science 9.8, 220565. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.220565


Rutschmann B*, Kohl PL*, Machado A, Steffan-Dewenter I (2022) Semi-natural habitats promote winter survival of wild-living honeybees in an agricultural landscape. Biological Conservation 266, 109450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109450

Kohl PL, D'Alvise P, Rutschmann B, Roth S, Remter F, Steffan-Dewenter I, Hasselmann M (2022) Reduced parasite burden in feral honeybee colonies. bioRxiv, 2022-07. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.18.500457

Schilcher F, Hilsmann L, Rauscher L, Değirmenci L, Krischke M, Krischke B, Ankenbrand M, Rutschmann B, Mueller MJ, Steffan-Dewenter I, Scheiner R (2021) In Vitro Rearing Changes Social Task Performance and Physiology in Honeybees. Insects, 13(1):4. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects13010004


George EA, Thulasi N, Kohl PL, Suresh S, Rutschmann B, Brockmann A (2021) Distance estimation by Asian honey bees in two visually different landscapes. Journal of Experimental Biology. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242404

Kohl, PL, Rutschmann B (2021) Honey bees communicate distance via non-linear waggle duration functions. PeerJ 9: e11187. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.11187

Young AM*, Kohl PL*, Rutschmann B*, Steffan-Dewenter I, Brockmann A, Dyer FC (2021) Temporal and spatial foraging patterns of three Asian honey bee species in Bangalore, India. Apidologie 52.2: 503-523. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-020-00839-1

Otieno M, Joshi NK, Rutschmann B. (2021) Flower visitors of Streptocarpus teitensis: implications for conservation of a critically endangered African violet species in Kenya. PeerJ 9: e10473. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10473


Requier F, Paillet Y, Laroche F, Rutschmann B, Zhang J, Lombardi F, Svoboda F, Steffan-Dewenter I (2020) Contribution of European forests to safeguard wild honey bee populations. Conservation Letters 13: e12693. doi.org/10.1111/conl.12693

Kablau A, Berg S, Rutschmann B, Scheiner R (2020) Short-term hyperthermia at larval age reduces sucrose responsiveness of adult honeybees and can increase life span. Apidologie 51, 570–582. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-020-00743-8

Kohl PL, Thulasi N, Rutschmann B, George EA, Steffan-Dewenter I, Brockmann A (2020) Adaptive evolution of honeybee dance dialects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1922), 20200190. http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0190


Kohl PL*, Rutschmann B* (2018) The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies. PeerJ 6:e4602. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4602