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Reproductive success of a colony of the introduced bumblebee Bombus terrestris (L.) (Hymenoptera : Apidae) in a Tasmanian National Park

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Hingston, AB and Herrmann, W and Jordan, GJ, Reproductive success of a colony of the introduced bumblebee Bombus terrestris (L.) (Hymenoptera : Apidae) in a Tasmanian National Park, Australian Journal of Entomology, 45, (2) pp. 137-141. ISSN 1326-6756 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00527.x

Abstract

Ever since a feral population of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris was found in suburban Hobart, on the Australian island of Tasmania, there has been ongoing debate surrounding the capacity of this species to utilise Australian native vegetation. Although several studies have reported B. terrestris foraging on Tasmanian native vegetation, doubts have been raised as to whether this reflects successful breeding in native vegetation. This study documents the success of a colony of B. terrestris in a Tasmanian National Park, isolated from urban and agricultural areas by 10 km of sea. Examination of the larval cocoons revealed that this colony had produced at least 304 new queens and 939 workers and drones. Pollen stores found in the colony were mostly from native plants, particularly Eucalyptus. These results strongly suggest that B. terrestris is able to reproduce successfully in parts of Australia that still support almost exclusively native vegetation. © 2006 Australian Entomological Society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Invertebrate Biology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species
Objective Field:Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments
Author:Hingston, AB (Mr Andrew Hingston)
Author:Herrmann, W (Mr Walter Herrmann)
Author:Jordan, GJ (Associate Professor Greg Jordan)
ID Code:40233
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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