How the social parasitic bumblebee Bombus bohemicus sneaks into power of reproduction

@article{Kreuter2011HowTS,
  title={How the social parasitic bumblebee Bombus bohemicus sneaks into power of reproduction},
  author={Kirsten Kreuter and E. Bunk and Anna L{\"u}ckemeyer and R. Twele and W. Francke and M. Ayasse},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={66},
  pages={475-486}
}
  • Kirsten Kreuter, E. Bunk, +3 authors M. Ayasse
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 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 accomplish and maintain reproductive dominance and to ensure her reproductive success. The aim of our study was to examine whether the… CONTINUE READING
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