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Bombus terrestris


Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee, is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. It is one of the main species used in greenhouse pollination, and so can be found in many countries and areas where it is not native, such as Tasmania. Moreover, it is a eusocial insect with an overlap of generations, a division of labor, and cooperative brood care. The queen is monandrous which means she mates with only one male. B. terrestris workers learn flower colors and forage efficiently.


Please cite the following publication(s) when using this dataset:Sadd, Ben M., et al. "The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization." Genome biology 16.1 (2015): 76. doi:10.1186/s13059-015-0623-3

Datasets were provided by BeeBase.

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Assembly Information

Analysis Name
Bombus terrestris genome assembly Bter_1.0 (GCF_000214255.1)
Newbler v. 2.3-PreRelease-10/19/2009 and Phrap (1.0)
BioSample SAMN00009041
Date performed
Materials & Methods
Details of the assembly are available from the following publication:
Social evolution. Genomic signatures of evolutionary transitions from solitary to group living. Science. 2015 Jun 5;348(6239):1139-43. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa4788. Epub 2015 May 14.

Assembly Metrics

Contig N50
Scaffold N50
GC Content

Data Files

NameLast modifiedSize
folder-parentParent Directory
folderBter_1.02018-09-18 15:31
folderCurrent Genome Asssembly2018-09-18 15:31