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Individual study: Captive rearing of native buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris audax colonies from wild-caught queens in London and Berkshire, UK

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Lopez-Vaamonde C., Koning J.W., Brown R.M., Jordan W.C. & Bourke A.F.G. (2004) Social parasitism by male-producing reproductive workers in a eusocial insect. Nature, 430, 557-560

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Rear declining bumblebees in captivity Bee Conservation

Lopez-Vaamonde et al. (2004) reared colonies from wild-caught queens of the native UK subspecies B. terrestris audax. Rearing methods are not given in detail, but 32 colonies of at least 10 workers were reared from 122 queens.