Authors

R. A. Cumber

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

New Zealand Journal of Science

Volume

6

Issue

1

Publisher

Entomological Research Station

Publication Date

3-1-1963

First Page

66

Last Page

74

Abstract

An unusually large nest of Bombus terrestris (L.) comprising some 600-800 individuals was taken at Palmerston North on 9.11.60 and transferred to an observation box. The nest, which died out late in December , enabled observations to be made on the habits of guard bees, on the behaviour of aseasonally produced queens , on ovarian development, the discarding of larvae, and commensals. A technique for determining queen fertilization without dissection is described.

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