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The Lord of the Bees & The Microcolony Revolution

Figure 1. The first prototype of my microcolony set-up. The bees feed on a sugar solution from two Eppendorf tubes in the top left of the box. The orange ball in the middle is pollen and the lump off to the side is a piece of wax from the parental colony.

Welcome to the Sumner Lab Blog! I am a new PhD student in the lab and my project is focussing on using social network analysis to assess how certain pesticides might be affecting social interactions within bumblebee colonies and how that could impact colony performance. One of the early challenges facing me is learning how to establish my own bumblebee version of The Lord of the Flies.

Research Published! Fine‐scale spatial genetic structure of common and declining bumble bees across an agricultural landscape


Stephanie Dreier, John W. Redhead, Ian A. Warren, Andrew F. G. Bourke, Matthew S. Heard, William C. Jordan, Seirian Sumner, Jinliang Wang and Claire Carvell   Land-use changes have threatened populations of many insect pollinators, including bumble bees. Patterns of dispersal and gene flow are key determinants of species’ ability to respond to land-use change, but have been little investigated at a fine scale (<10 km) in bumble bees. Using microsatellite markers, we determined the fine-scale spatial genetic structure of populations