Colony development, larval development and worker reproduction in Bombus impatiens Cresson

  title={Colony development, larval development and worker reproduction in Bombus impatiens Cresson},
  author={Jonathan Cnaani and Regula Schmid-Hempel and J{\"o}rn Oliver Schmidt},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
In this study we describe colony development, larval development, worker reproduction and mating frequency of the queen in laboratory colonies of Bombus impatiens Cresson. Comparison of our observations with data from B. terrestris - the best studied bumblebee - revealed both similarities and dissimilarities between the two. Colonies of B. impatiens have a high number of workers (374.5 ± 108), but relatively low number of young queens (9.4 ± 20) and males (8.9 ± 20). As in B. terrestris, size… CONTINUE READING
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