PP-ICON / Plant-Pollinator Integrated CONservation approach: a demonstrative proposal – LIFE09/NAT/IT000212

Action C.3 2013

  • author: Francesco Bisognin
  • Monday 26 August 2013

11-22 March 2013

Collection of bumblebee queens in the surrounding of the target area.
Almond tree (Prunus dulcis) is one of the first plants to flower and represents a strong call for
bumblebee queens.

 

 

 

MarchApril 2013

 

Artificial rearing of the 9 collected bumblebee queens

 

First attempt of rearing Bombus pascuorum queens.

 

 

02 May 2013

 

Release of the colonies obtained from wild queen rearing.
A well developed colony and two early stage colonies with the first workers were re-entered in the
target area.

 

Two other colonies, in the very first developmental stage, were placed in two bumblebee artificial
nests.

 

 

20 August 2013

Recovery of the extinct reintroduced colonies to check the development status and possible
problems.