Queen buff-tailed and red-tailed bumblebees Bombus terrestris and B.lapidarius induced to form colonies by confinement with workers, near Ripple, Kent, England


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Rear declining bumblebees in captivity

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Bee Conservation
  1. Rear declining bumblebees in captivity

    Sladen (1912) reared more than eight colonies of the buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris and one of the red-tailed bumblebee B. lapidarius by confining one or two nest searching queens with between two and seven workers of the same species in wooden boxes supplied with honey and pollen. In the case of the red-tailed bumblebee, the queen was also confined with clusters of cocoons from another nest.

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