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dc.contributor.authorGoulson, Dave-
dc.contributor.authorSparrow, Kate R-
dc.description.abstractNumerous studies suggest that honeybees may compete with native pollinators where introduced as non-native insects. Here we examine evidence for competition between honeybees and four bumblebee species in Scotland, a region that may be within the natural range of honeybees, but where domestication greatly increases the honeybee population. We examined mean thorax widths (a reliable measure of body size) of workers of Bombus pascuorum, B. lucorum, B. lapidarius and B. terrestris at sites with and without honeybees. Workers of all four species were significantly smaller in areas with honeybees. We suggest that reduced worker size is likely to have implications for bumblebee colony success. These results imply that, for conservation purposes, some restrictions should be considered with regard to placing honeybee hives in or near areas where populations of rare bumblebee species persist.en_UK
dc.relationGoulson D & Sparrow KR (2009) Evidence for competition between honeybees and bumblebees; effects on bumblebee worker size, Journal of Insect Conservation, 13 (2), pp. 177-181.-
dc.rightsPublished in the Journal of Insect Conservation by Springer.; The original publication is available at
dc.subject.lcshBumblebees Great Britain-
dc.subject.lcshInsects Reproduction-
dc.titleEvidence for competition between honeybees and bumblebees; effects on bumblebee worker sizeen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Insect Conservation-
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciences-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirling-
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