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Individual study: Queen buff-tailed bumblebees Bombus terrestris are more likely to found colonies when confined with bumblebee workers; laboratory experiments at University of Akdeniz, Antalya, Turkey

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Gurel F. & Gosterit A. (2008) Effects of different stimulation methods on colony initiation and development of Bombus terrestris L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) queens. Applied Entomology and Zoology, 43, 113-117

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Gurel & Gosterit (2008) found B. terrestris queens were more likely to lay eggs and found colonies, and laid eggs more quickly, when they had been confined with a single B. terrestris worker, compared to queens confined alone, with a honey bee worker or with a B. terrestris pupa. These laboratory experiments were carried out at the University of Akdeniz, Turkey, following hibernation and CO2 anaesthetic treatment of laboratory-reared queens.