Survey of bumble bee (Bombus) pathogens and parasites in Illinois and selected areas of northern California and southern Oregon

Christina N. Kissinger, Sydney A. Cameron, Robbin W. Thorp, Brendan White, Leellen F. Solter

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Abstract

Pathogens have been implicated as potential factors in the recent decline of some North American bumble bee (Bombus) species, but little information has been reported about the natural enemy complex of bumble bees in the United States. We targeted bumble bee populations in a state-wide survey in Illinois and several sites in California and Oregon where declines have been reported to determine presence and prevalence of natural enemies. Based on our observations, most parasites and pathogens appear to be widespread generalists among bumble bee species, but susceptibility to some natural enemies appeared to vary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-224
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Conopidae
  • Crithidia bombi
  • Locustacarus buchneri
  • Microsporidia
  • Nosema bombi
  • Parasitoids
  • Phoretic mites
  • Protozoans
  • Tracheal mites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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