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COMPARATIVE BIONOMICS OF TEMPERATE AND TROPICAL BUMBLE BEES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO BOMBUS EPHIPPIATUS (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE)

  • Terence M. Laverty (a1) and R.C. Plowright (a1)
Abstract

In laboratory colonies, 8 temperate Bombus Latreille species and the tropical montane species, B. ephippiatus Say, had significantly more first-brood workers, more rapid worker development time, and faster rates of worker production than the tropical lowland species, B. atratus Franklin. Bombus ephippiatus did not differ from most temperate species in any of the 3 characters. Differences in these bionomic characters among arctic, temperate, and tropical Bombus are assessed in terms of latitudinal trends.

Lors d'études de laboratoire, 8 espèces tempérées de Bombus Latreille et une espèce tropicale de montagne, B. ephippiatus Say, ont pu être caractérisées par leur nombre significativement plus élevé d'ouvrières de première génération, le développement plus rapide de leurs ouvrières, et leur production plus rapide d'ouvrières, que l'espèce tropicale de basse altitude, B. atratus Franklin. Pour ces 3 caractères, B. ephippiatus n'a pas montré de différence avec la majorité des espèces tempérées. Les différences observées pour ces caractères bionomiques entre espèces arctiques, tempérées et tropicales de Bombus sont examinées pour la présence de tendances latitudinales.

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