Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 375–378 | Cite as

The frequency of multiple paternity in bumble bee (Bombus) colonies based on microsatellite DNA at the B10 locus

  • C. M. Payne
  • T. M. LavertyEmail author
  • M. A. Lachance
Research article


This study used the microsatellite locus B10 to determine the frequency of colonies with multiple patrilines in a previously unexamined group, the North American bumble bees (Bombus). The effective mating frequency (me) was greater than 1 in six of 28 colonies. Five of 11 species tested showed at least one incidence of polyandry: four species from the subgenus Pyrobombus (B. bimaculatus, B. impatiens, B. mixtus, B. ternarius) and one species from the parasitic subgenus Psithyrus (B. citrinus). The B10 locus showed high cross-species amplification success for North American Bombus.

Bumble bees Bombus Psithyrus polyandry microsatellites 


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© Birkhäuser-Verlag Basel 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of Western OntarioOntario

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