New Zealand Journal of Science
Entomological Research Station
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.
Cumber, R. A., "Studies on an Unusually Large Nest of Bombus terrestris (L.) (Hymenoptera, Apidae) Transferred to an Observation Box" (1963). Co. Paper 30.
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