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Bumblebees of the subgenus Psithyrus are obligate social parasites of Bombus colonies. Parasitic females enter host colonies and replace the host queen. The offspring of the parasite is reared by the host workers. Females locate host colonies by nest searching flights and recognition of species-specific nest odours at the entrance. We investigated inter-(More)
Social parasitism is widespread in many groups of social living hymenopteran species and has also evolved in the genus Bombus. Cuckoo bumblebees (subgenus Psithyrus) are obligate brood parasites in nests of other bumblebee species. After nest usurpation and the killing of the host queen, the parasite female has to control worker reproduction in order to(More)
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