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Comparison of the Colony Development of the Bumblebees, Bombus terrestris Produced from Domestic and Foreign Bumblebees Companies

국내 및 국외 뒤영벌 생산업체별 서양뒤영벌(Bombus terrestris)의 봉세발달 비교

  • Published : 2008.03.30

Abstract

We compared colony development and survival rate after artificial hibernation between the bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, produced from domestic and foreign companies. The number of worker and queen produced from foundation colony of three domestic and one foreign companies was 232.4-270.8 and 62.0-181.8, respectively, but there was no statistical difference. In colony development of B. terrestris queens which were terminated diapause by $CO_2$ narcosis at different companies, oviposition rate, colony foundation and progeny-queen production of bumblebees produced from domestic companies were superior to those from foreign company. But foreign company in the number of worker and queen was superior to domestic companies. On the other hand, survival rate and colony development of B. terrestris queens, which were terminated diapause by artificial hibernation at three domestic and two foreign companies, were no significant differences. These results indicate that oviposition, colony foundation, progeny-queen production, and survival rate after artificial hibernation showed no differences between the bumblebees produced from domestic and foreign companies.

Keywords

Bumblebee;Bombus terrestris$CO_2$ narcosis;Artificial hibernation;Survival rate;Ovioposition rate;Colony development

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