Controlling the Colony


In fall, bumblebee colonies disband, the newly produced queens mate then seek a sheltered harborage to overwinter. In spring, the new queens will found new colonies. The first offspring are sterile females devoted to rearing the offspring of the queen. The reproductive systems of workers do not develop although they are capable. If a queen is removed from a colony, the reproductive systems of several workers will develop and they will lay eggs. These worker/queens have not mated;…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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