Family lineage relationships between spring queens, daughter workers and sister queens of three bumblebee species (Bombus terrestris, B. lapidarius and B. pascuorum) collected across the Hillesden Estate, Buckinghamshire, UK, between spring 2011 and spring 2012. A combination of land-use and habitat surveys, molecular genetics and spatial modelling was used to estimate the locations of wild colonies represented by greater than 1 worker and to calculate the proportions of cover represented by different habitat quality and land-use variables within four spatial scales from each colony location. Data were collected as part of a project led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative.
Publication date: 2016-07-07
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Bumblebee DNA was sampled non-lethally, stored, extracted and genotyped using recognised standard protocols (Dreier et al., 2014). The program COLONY v.2.0 was used to assign workers to full-sib groups and identify mother or sister queens from the same family lineages (with a genotyping error rate of 0-5% based on results of re-genotyping 10% of randomly selected individuals and scoring errors). Data were checked for errors at all stages by staff at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and at the Institute of Zoology. Analyses arising from the worker-only and landscape quality data have been peer reviewed and published in Molecular Ecology (Dreier et al., 2014; doi:10.1111/mec.12823) and Ecological Applications (Redhead et al., 2016; doi:10.1890/15-0546).