The Canadian Entomologist

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THE FIDELITY OF COMMERCIALLY REARED COLONIES OF BOMBUS IMPATIENS CRESSON (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE) TO LOWBUSH BLUEBERRY IN SOUTHERN NEW BRUNSWICK

Troy L. Whiddena1 p1

a1 Department of Biology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada B0P 1X0

Lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait., V. myrtilloides Michx.) growers often use colonies of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) to supplement native bee populations for pollination. Native bee fauna is thought to be insufficient in number and too unpredictable, in terms of numbers, from year to year to be relied on for adequate crop pollination (Kevan and LaBerge 1978; Mackenzie and Winston 1984; Mohr and Kevan 1987; Kevan 1988; Eck 1988).

(Received December 05 1995)

(Accepted June 13 1996)

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p1 Current address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4.