The adaptability of bumblebees to a change in the location of their nest

  • Published source details Free J.B. (1955) The adaptability of bumblebees to a change in the location of their nest. British Journal of Animal Behaviour, 3, 61-65.


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Translocate bumblebee colonies in nest boxes

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Bee Conservation
  1. Translocate bumblebee colonies in nest boxes

    Five colonies of the early bumblebee B. pratorum housed in wooden boxes were experimentally translocated in Hertfordshire, southern England (Free 1955). Colonies were moved six miles (9.7 km), 80 yards (73 m), seven yards (6.4 m) or three inches (7.6 cm) from the original site. Apart from the smallest translocation distance, some foraging workers were lost due to each translocation. Between 71% and 92% of foraging workers returned to the nest at the new site eventually.

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