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Individual study: Laboratory rearing of two native species of bumblebee, Bombus lucorum and B.ignitus, in Beijing, China

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Li J., Wu J., Cai W., Peng W., An J. & Huang J. (2008) Comparison of the colony development of two native bumblebee species Bombus ignitus and Bombus lucorum as candidates for commercial pollination in China. Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World, 47, 22-26

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Li et al. (2008) reared colonies of two bumblebee species native to China - the white-tailed bumblebee B. lucorum and B. ignitus - from queens caught in the field in May (rearing methods not described in detail); 84% of 150 B. ignitus queens, and 89% of 200 B. lucorum queens laid eggs. Colonies produced 105-107 workers/colony on average, with no difference between species, but B. lucorum colonies produced significantly more queens (average 121 queens/colony) than B. ignitus (average 55 queens/colony).