Journal of Apicultural Science

Techniques for year-round rearing of Bombus terrestris L. (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) in China

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 65-69, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
The effect of different temperature and different stimulation oviposition methods on the development of bumblebee colonies was examined. The experimental results showed that a climate room at 30°Cą0.5 and RH 60%, queen with a plastic cocoon model and two honeybee workers were appropriate for rearing Bombus terrestris colonies in China. 36.42% of queens mated successfully when proportion of queens and drones was 1:5, the successful copulation was highest compared with other four proportions (1:1, 1:3, 1:8, 1:10), their successful copulation rate was 13.43%, 25.83%, 30.24%, 18.98% respectively. These techniques provide opportunities to rear Bombus terrestris colonies year-round in China.
Bombus terrestris, bumblebee, colonies, techniques, temperature, stimulation methods, successful copulation, year-round rearing, proportion
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