Project properties

Title Insect behaviour: Behavioural adaptations against parasite spread in bumblebees.
Laboratory based experimental work.
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) S�verine Kotrschal
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info severine.kotrschal@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/10/12
End date 2023/04/01
Description Bumblebees are primitively eusocial insects. They lack many of the sophisticated social defences against parasite spread that are thought to be key to the ecological success of highly eusocial insects, such as honey bees and ants.
Colony demography as well as individual behavioural strategies are thought to make up for this shortcoming. In this project we will observe the behaviour of individually marked bees based on predictions made for their age and their respective colony characteristics.
Used skills
Requirements As you wil work with potentially stinging insects it is of importance that you are not allergic to bee stings;)