|Title||Insect behaviour: Behavioural adaptations against parasite spread in bumblebees.
Laboratory based experimental work.
|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.
|Requirements||As you wil work with potentially stinging insects it is of importance that you are not allergic to bee stings;)|